Representative Catherine D. Ingram - House District 32

11.15.18 - Ingram: House Passes Strictest Abortion Ban In The Nation During First Week Back At Work


The Republican-controlled Ohio House today passed House Bill (HB) 258, legislation that would prohibit an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks of pregnancy— long before most women even know they are pregnant. 


11.14.18 - Ingram's Hamilton County Veterans Memorial Highway Bill Heads To House Floor


State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced the recent committee passage of House Bill (HB) 690, which would name a portion of Interstate Route 75 in Hamilton County as the “Hamilton County Veterans Memorial Highway”.

“It is my belief that all veterans, no matter what war they fought in should be celebrated,” said Ingram. “We enjoy our freedom because of their willingness to serve their country, sacrifice their safety, and sometimes, make the ultimate sacrifice”. 


11.01.18 - Rep. Ingram Announces State Support For New EG Retail Headquarters In Cincinnati


State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced the recent approval of a 1.407 percent Job Creation Tax Credit for Kroger Company’s convenience store owner, EG Retail, to create a new headquarters in Cincinnati. EG Retail owns and operates Kroger Company’s fuel, convenience and food-to-go retail locations.

“This is great news for the 32nd district,” said Ingram. “Supporting booming Ohio-based businesses like Kroger Company and its affiliates will bolster our local economy, create good paying jobs and solidify Cincinnati’s competitive edge.”


10.03.18 - Rep. Ingram Participates In National Reading Project To Empower Young Girls


State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) on Monday visited a fifth grade class at William Howard Taft Elementary to read Grace for President,written by Kelly DiPucchio. The book is part of a program created by the non-partisan Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) called Teach a Girl to Lead.

Grace for President tells the story of a girl who recognizes at a young age that there has never been a woman elected to be the President of the United States and decides to run for president of her class,” said Ingram. “As a female elected official, it is important that young children— especially girls— are able to see a reflection of themselves in the people elected to represent them and their families. We need to continue to empower the next generation to follow their dreams and live up to their full potential.”


07.31.18 - Ingram: Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Starts This Weekend


State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced Ohio’s back-to-school sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 3-5, as a result of the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 226. The annual event helps lessen the sting of the 4.5 percent statewide sales tax hike passed by Republican lawmakers in the 2013 state budget. The hike has cost taxpayers almost $2 billion more since then, according to state revenue numbers.

“This annual tax holiday ensures there is more piece of mind to find school items at a lower cost, year after year,” said Ingram. “It is important to make sure that going back to school is not financially detrimental for our families. I was happy to support SB 226 because it will help strengthen our communities as our families shop locally to take advantage of the decreased sales tax.”


07.24.18 - Rep. Ingram Applauds Passage Of The Fairness In Lending Act


State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) voted today in favor of Sub. House Bill (HB) 123, the Fairness in Lending Act. Sponsored by Reps. Mike Ashford (D-Toledo) and Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield), this legislation is a bipartisan effort to enact consumer protections for the thousands of Ohioans who utilize short-term loans every day.

“I am glad the House was able to concur on such an important piece of legislation,” said Ingram “Payday lending institutions have long held our most vulnerable citizens captive and contributed to the cycle of poverty. We can now offer an opportunity for Ohioans to start regaining their financial independence without exorbitantly high interest rates.”


07.16.18 - Rep. Ingram To Participate In American Trails Panel Discussion


State Representative Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) will join American Trails and local elected officials from around the country for a web panel discussing best practices for constituents and stakeholders to apply for funding, promote policy initiatives and develop trail networks in their communities. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, July 26, from 1:00-2:30 pm.


06.27.18 - Proposed Law Change To Require Anti-suicide Training In Ohio Private Schools Narrowly Rejected By House


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today responded to the rejection of her amendment to House Bill (HB) 502, legislation requiring school employees to undergo youth suicide awareness and prevention training every two years. Ingram offered an amendment would have expanded the bill to include private school employees. The proposed law change was rejected largely along party lines. 


06.11.18 - Rep. Ingram Introduces Bill To Commemorate Veterans' Service


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today introduced House Bill 690, legislation that would create the Hamilton County Veterans Memorial Highway along a stretch of Interstate 75 in Hamilton County, Ohio.


06.01.18 - Ingram Selected To Attend Two Legislative Leadership Forums This Summer


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced her selection to attend The Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD) sponsored by the Council for State Governments and the National Legislative Conference sponsored by Women In Government (WIG), two nationally recognized legislative leadership forums.

“I am honored to be selected to participate in these important and informative programs to help grow my skillset as you elected official,” said Ingram. “These forums provide a tremendous opportunity to gather insight from legislative leaders across the country, and across the political spectrum, in order to bring the most effective policy-making tools and ideas back home to Ohio.”


05.03.18 - Rep. Ingram Bill To Improve Wheelchair Transportation Options Signed Into Law


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today applauded Governor Kasich’s Wednesday signing of House Bill (HB) 195—her bipartisan legislation to improve transportation options of Ohioans in wheelchairs. The Improving Mobility Aid Accessibility Act, joint-sponsored by State Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), previously passed unanimously out of the House and Senate. 


03.15.18 - Rep. Ingram: Capital Budget Bill To Fund Local Projects, Support Local Economies


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 529, the state’s $2.6 billion biennial capital bill. The capital budget is primarily used to fund the upkeep of state facilities, colleges and university campuses and state lands, but also includes a number of community projects that directly affect Cincinnati, North College Hill, Mt. Healthy and Springfield Township. The bill includes $4 million for the FC Cincinnati Stadium, which may be located in Cincinnati.

“By funding essential infrastructure and public improvement projects, this bill will create good paying jobs for individuals across the state and put more money back into local economies,” said Rep. Ingram. “My legislative colleagues and I have put real investment in attacking the opioid crisis, supporting fine arts programs and improving human services for those most vulnerable. This bill marks an important step forward.”


02.27.18 - Ingram Encourages Constituents To Share Thoughts, Concerns In New Survey


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today called for constituents and the public to share their concerns, suggestions and other thoughts regarding the direction of the state through a new online survey.

Citizens can access the survey here:


02.23.18 - Ingram Stands With Ohio Workers, Speaks Out Against GOP Anti-worker Bills


State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today issued a statement in support of the Working People’s Day of Action planned for Saturday, February 24 at the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio march comes on the heels of the introduction of six Republican-sponsored constitutional amendments to implement so-called “right to work” legislation and other workplace restrictions in the Buckeye State. 


02.08.18 - Rep. Ingram Pushes For Quicker School Property Sales


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 487, the School Property Sales Fairness Act, legislation that would eliminate the right of first refusal that state law currently provides to community schools, college-preparatory boarding schools and STEM schools before public school districts put property up for auction or private sale.


02.05.18 - Cincinnati Public Schools License Plates Bill Signed Into Law


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today praised the signing in to law of legislation creating a new Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) license plate in support of one of Ohio’s top school districts.


11.27.17 - Rep. Ingram Pushes For Timely Student Records Transfers With House Bill 418


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 418, the Expediting the Transfer of Student Records Act, legislation that would require K-12 schools in Ohio to, upon request, transfer student records to another school within five school days.


09.12.17 - Rep. Ingram Announces Appointment To Broadcast Educational Media Commission


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today shared news of her recent appointment as a nonvoting member of the Broadcast Educational Media Commission (BEMC).

“As an elected official and educator with over 20 years of service from the classroom to the board of education, I have seen firsthand how public broadcasting can have a positive impact on students,” said Ingram. “I am honored to have the opportunity to help advance educational outcomes and create a positive impact on students and educators through my work on the commission.”


08.30.17 - Ingram Introduces Bill To Protect Accident Victims' Privacy


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today introduced the Accident Victim Privacy Protection Act, legislation to prohibit the sale of personal information obtained from accident reports to prevent businesses from soliciting accident victims for profit.

“Vehicular accident reports contain significant amounts of personal information, and victims should not be subject to harassment after a car accident,” said Ingram. “The Accident Victim Privacy Protection Act will help prevent ‘ambulance chasers’ from purchasing this information, protecting victims’ identities and putting a stop to repeated calls from companies trying to make an extra buck.”


08.25.17 - Rep. Ingram Pushes For New Cincinnati Public Schools License Plates


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today introduced legislation with Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) to create a new Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) license plate in support of one of Ohio’s top school districts.

“For almost 200 years, Cincinnati Public Schools have educated, inspired and prepared generations to be civic-minded, intelligent and socially aware citizens,” said Ingram. “CPS is a diverse and historic district that serves 35,000 Cincinnati-area students every year, and deserves strong community support. I am proud to introduce legislation to help benefit this wonderful district.”


08.09.17 - Ingram Comments On Ohio's Updated "Every Student Succeeds Act" Plan


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced her position on the updated Ohio Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan which will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in September.

Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act, is the federal requirement for states to submit plans regarding the use of federal educational funding for school curriculum.

“After several revision and updates, there is still much work to do, and Ohio’s ESSA proposal is not perfect,” said Ingram. “However, there has been some improvement in the overall plan, and there is now much more agreement in certain sections of the proposal than there was during the debates in April.”

Every State educational agency had the choice to submit its ESSA proposal in either April or September. Ohio’s plan is being prepared to submit by the September deadline.

Ohio’s ESSA plan can be viewed online at


07.06.17 - Ingram: GOP Bill To Weaken Concealed Carry Protections Puts Public Safety In The Crosshairs


In a political effort to hamstring Ohio House Democratic lawmakers in a pro-gun, anti-gun debate today on the House floor, Republicans brought forward House Bill (HB) 233 for a vote, legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to knowingly bring guns or deadly weapons into daycares, schools, airports, bars and other restricted spaces, so long as the permit holder leaves when asked to do so. Individuals who refuse to leave or return to the same business while carrying a prohibited weapon within 30 days will be subject to a fourth degree misdemeanor.

“I am against this legislation as it flies in the face of common sense, and endangers our communities that are already grappling with the problem of gun violence,” said Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati). “We should be seeking solutions, not creating problems.”


07.06.17 - Ingram: Medicaid Restrictions, Taxes Among Eleven Potential Law Changes From House GOP Veto Showdown With Governor


Today, the Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives overrode eleven items Governor John Kasich vetoed in the recently passed state budget, House Bill (HB) 49. Under the House’s overrides, Medicaid expansion will have to be reauthorized through the state Controlling Board and new taxes on working people could be put in place as a condition of healthcare coverage – if the Senate takes up the House overrides.

“Even though we did not take up the Medicaid expansion freeze explicitly, a back door freeze has been put in place through threats of increased fees and premiums,” said Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati). “Ohioans deserve better than this budget that the legislature continues to pick apart. We should not prioritize the wealthiest at the expense of the poor and working class.”


06.22.17 - Bipartisan Bill To Improve Wheelchair Transportation Options Clears Ohio House


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today applauded the House passage of House Bill (HB) 195, bipartisan legislation to improve the transportation options of Ohioans in wheelchairs. The “Improving Mobility Aid Accessibility” bill, joint-sponsored by State Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), passed unanimously out of the House yesterday by a 91-0 vote. 

“I am grateful my colleagues on both sides of the aisle agreed with me that all Ohioans deserve equal access to the transportation options that best meets their needs,” said Ingram. “House Bill 195 will improve the lives of Ohioans who use wheelchairs by expanding their transportation options to include taxies or newer services like Lyft and Uber, making it easier and less expensive for them to get to medical appointments and other important engagements.” 


05.25.17 - Bipartisan Legislation Will Allow Ohioans In Wheelchairs To Use Uber, Lyft


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today applauded the committee passage of House Bill (HB) 195, her bipartisan legislation to modernize transportation options for Ohioans with mobility disabilities.

Joint-sponsored by state Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), HB 195 was unanimously approved by the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. 

“I am pleased that my colleagues on both side of the aisle agree that Ohio cannot continue to deny equal treatment of our fellow citizens who rely on wheelchairs,” said Ingram. “I strongly believe that all Ohioans should have equal access to the transportation options that best meets their needs. This legislation will undoubtedly improve the lives of Ohioans who use wheelchairs by making it easier and less costly to get to their medical appointments and other important engagements.”  


05.23.17 - Rep. Ingram Announces ODE Summer Food Service Program For Ohio's Youth


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) recently announced the Ohio Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program is underway to ensure children age eighteen and under receive free nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session.

Additionally, young adults ages 19 through 21 that are currently enrolled in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) are also eligible to use the Summer Food Services Program. The program is free and there is no sign up required. 


05.02.17 - Ingram: Ohio House Pushes Unfinished, Unbalanced State Budget Off On Senate


Before new state economic indicators come out Thursday, the Ohio House today passed a version of the state’s two-year budget, House Bill (HB) 49, that remains hundreds of millions of dollars out of balance, if not more. The vote comes a little more than two weeks after Gov. Kasich and GOP legislative leaders announced they would need to cut close to $1 billion from the bill to maintain a stable, balanced budget. Still, the final version of House Bill 49 approved largely along party lines today fell over $400 million short of being a balanced budget bill by that standard. 

Democratic members argued that passing an unbalanced budget not only violated their constitutional oath, but was fiscally irresponsible and would jeopardize Ohio’s already weak economy.

“This budget takes Ohio one step forward and two steps back by neglecting to prioritize resources where they are most needed,” said Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati). “Traditional schools, middle-class families and everyday taxpayers will bear the brunt of this unbalanced budget.”


01.31.17 - Ingram To Serve On Ohio House Legislative Panels


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced the committees on which she will serve to help shape and refine public policy during the 132nd General Assembly. 

“I am eager to begin work on my committees to help improve the quality of life for Ohio families,” said Ingram. “I hope to bring my experience in advocacy, community development and planning in the Cincinnati community to enact commonsense policy that is good for citizens of the 32nd House district and all Ohioans.” 


01.03.17 - Catherine Ingram Sworn In As State Representative


Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) was officially sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives today as state representative for the 32nd House District. Ingram, elected to her first House term in November, will serve citizens in parts of south-central Cincinnati.

“It is truly an honor to represent the people of the thirty-second district and be their voice in Columbus,” said Ingram. “I look forward to getting to work on issues that matter most to our community, like access to quality education – regardless of race or income – and good-paying jobs to ensure a brighter future for all Ohioans.”