Representative Catherine D. Ingram - House District 32

08.06.20 - Rep. Ingram Introduces Resolution Urging Congress To Enact The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act


COLUMBUS – State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today filed a House Resolution urging Congress to enact the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act, federal legislation that would renew the 1965 Voting Rights Act and expand voters’ access to the ballot.


07.28.20 - Rep. Ingram, House Dems Announce $310 Million In COVID-19 Relief


COLUMBUS – State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) announced Monday the state Controlling Board approved another round of funding to support Ohio’s efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak.


07.24.20 - Rep. Ingram Calls For The Immediate Resignation Of Speaker Householder


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today called for the resignation of Republican Speaker of the House Larry Householder (R-Glenford) following federal charges that he engaged in a $60 million bribery, racketeering scheme. This is the second FBI investigation into House GOP leadership in three years.


07.15.20 - Dem Lawmakers Again Demand LaRose Take Action, Pay Return Postage


State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose again urging him to include return postage on absentee ballot application forms and the absentee ballots themselves. State law prohibits boards of elections, but not the secretary, from paying return postage. COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in Ohio since the foursome last urged LaRose to take this step to encourage mail voting on June 18.


07.07.20 - Rep. Ingram's Statement On State Mask Mandate For Hamilton County


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) issued a statement today following Gov. DeWine’s executive order to require facemasks in several Ohio counties, including Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery, and Trumbull. Each of the counties falls within Level 3 of the state’s new Public Health Advisory System, which was unveiled July 2. Level 3 indicates very high exposure and spread of coronavirus.



06.18.20 - House Democrats Tell LaRose To Pay Return Postage For Voting Materials


State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose urging him to include return postage on absentee ballot application forms that will be mailed to all voters and on absentee ballots that are ultimately mailed to voters who request them. State law prohibits board of elections from making such an expenditure, but the secretary is not similarly barred. The federal CARES Act included funding to the states for unanticipated increased expenses due to COVID-19. The Controlling Board approved on Monday the state’s use of federal CARES Act funding for this year’s election.


06.17.20 - Rep. Ingram, Dem Lawmakers Urge Ohio Department Of Education To Distribute Federal CARES Act Funds To Low-income Students As Intended


COLUMBUS—Yesterday, State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) and fellow Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Ohio Department of Education Superintendent Paolo DeMaria urging that he follow the original intent of Congress when it passed the CARES Act to provide support and target relief to students who need it most. The request follows conflicting guidance from the U.S. Department of Education that states CARES Act funds should instead be distributed to all students regardless of their family’s income.


06.10.20 - Rep. Ingram Announces Honorary License Plate Bill Passes Ohio House


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 163, legislation creating the Habitat for Humanity of Ohio license plate.


06.04.20 - Rep. Ingram Applauds Passage Of Bill To Send $350 Million In Federal Funds To Local Communities To Fight Coronavirus


COLUMBUS—Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today issued a statement as the Ohio House passed Senate Bill 310, which would distribute $350 million in federal CARES Act funds to aid coronavirus response in Ohio communities.


06.03.20 - Reps. Ingram, Kelly, Denson, Miranda Outraged At Republican General Election Proposal


State Reps. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati), Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati), Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati), and Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) today issued the following statements in response to House Bill (HB) 680, the Ohio House Republican Caucus general election plan:


05.29.20 - Rep. Ingram Signs Onto Resolution To Declare Racism A Public Health Crisis


COLUMBUS— Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today signed onto a House resolution that would designate racism as a public health crisis, echoing similar calls in Cleveland and Franklin County. The resolution, if passed, would be the first of its kind passed at the state level.


05.20.20 - Rep. Ingram Applauds House Passage Of Aisha's Law To Protect Domestic Violence Victims


Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today applauded the passage of Aisha’s Law, Democratic priority legislation sponsored by Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) that would change how law enforcement agencies respond to domestic violence cases and provide added protections for those in high-risk situations. Democrats say the bill’s passage comes at a critical time as prolonged isolation during the state’s stay-at-home order has led to a spike in domestic violence cases.


05.15.20 - Rep. Ingram, House Democrats Release Proposal For General Election


COLUMBUS— House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), House Minority Whip Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), and State Representatives Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) and Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) released their proposal for holding a safe and accessible presidential election this November as the global pandemic continues.


05.13.20 - Ohio House Passes Rep. Ingram's Bill To Require Schools To Transmit Student Records In A Timely Manner


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) announced today that House Bill (HB) 111, her legislation to require public and private schools to transmit a transferred student’s records within five school days, passed the Ohio House.


05.12.20 - Reps. Ingram, Lightbody Give Sponsor Testimony On Bill To Suspend State Student Loan Payments During The COVID-19 Outbreak


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today gave sponsor testimony along with joint sponsor Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) on House Bill (HB) 603, legislation that would waive interest rates and suspend payments on state student loan programs for up to 60 days. The bill would also require the Chancellor of Education to conduct a study to assist higher education institutions and students during the COVID-19 outbreak.


05.12.20 - Rep. Ingram Announces $132 Million In Funds To Fight COVID-19 In Ohio


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) announced the state Controlling Board yesterday approved more than $132 million in funding to bolster unemployment benefits, provide assistance for small businesses and manufacturers, and support state and local COVID-19 response efforts amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century.


05.06.20 - Rep. Ingram, House Democrats Reject An Amendment To Strip ODH Of Power During A Pandemic


COLUMBUS—State Representative Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today released a statement following the dangerous and partisan attack on Dr. Amy Acton by House Republicans:  


04.28.20 - Rep. Ingram, House Dems Call For A "responsible Restart" For Ohio


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) calls for a “responsible restart” for Ohio, outlining 10 recommendations following several weeks of testimony during the OHIO 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force proceedings, as well feedback heard from constituents, local health officials and business leaders. 


04.10.20 - Rep. Ingram, OBMHC Recognize Black Maternal Health Week


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) and the Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus (OBMHC) today recognized the start of Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17) this weekend, which promotes awareness and seeks to advance and improve black maternal health outcomes across the country. 


04.08.20 - Rep. Ingram Announces Federal Funding Opportunities For Local Pandemic Response Efforts


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants will be made available to cover certain local pandemic response costs in Ohio. Funds will go to state and local authorities as well as non-profits, such as hospitals, working at the direction of local governments.


03.25.20 - Rep. Ingram, House Democrats Pass Sweeping Legislation To Address COVID-19 Crisis


COLUMBUS— State lawmakers returned to the Statehouse today to address the COVID-19 crisis and provide immediate relief to everyday Ohioans. State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) released a statement today following the unanimous passage of an omnibus bill (HB 197) that would prohibit utility shut-offs, waive state testing requirements, freeze EdChoice eligibility, extend voting in the primary election, postpone the state income tax filing deadline among several other measures.


03.23.20 - Rep. Ingram, House Dems Outline Priorities As Assembly Returns To Consider Emergency Legislation Amid Coronavirus Outbreak


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today joined Democratic colleagues to outline several key priorities as lawmakers return to the Statehouse this week to take up emergency measures to address the public health and economic crises facing the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


01.28.20 - Statement From Rep. Ingram On The Passing Of Todd Portune


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today issued a statement regarding the passing of former Cincinnati city councilman and Hamilton County commissioner Todd Portune:


01.28.20 - Statement From Rep. Ingram On The Passing Of Civil Rights Icon Nathaniel Jones


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today issued a statement regarding the passing of former federal judge and Cincinnati civil rights icon, Nathaniel Jones:


01.22.20 - Rep. Ingram Seeks Answers After New Report Details Barriers To College Access For Low-income Ohioans


Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today urged Ohio’s top higher education official for ways to improve college access for students from working-class families following a new study that singles out seven Ohio colleges for alarmingly low rates of Pell grant recipients.


10.02.19 - Rep. Ingram Announces House Passage Of Bill Permitting Sale Of Alcoholic Ice Cream In Ohio


State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 160, legislation to allow certain permit holders to sell alcoholic ice cream in Ohio.

“This bill allows small businesses in Ohio to be innovative and creative in their decision making,” said Rep. Ingram. “I hope HB 160 will attract other alcoholic ice cream manufactures, and show the nation that Ohio is a great place to do business.”


09.04.19 - Rep. Ingram Releases PSA On The Importance Of Volunteerism In Your Community


State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today released a Public Service announcement on the importance of volunteering.

“The efforts of these volunteers continue to make a meaningful difference every day, said Ingram. “Pick a nonprofit in your community and volunteer today, you’ll be glad you did!”

The final PSA video can be found here.  


08.19.19 - Reps. Ingram, Denson, Kelly, Miranda Held Ohio Promise Town Hall


State Reps. Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati), Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati), Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) held a community town hall last Thursday as part of the Ohio Promise Town Hall Tour, a statewide legislative town hall series hosted by House Democratic members. The purpose of the tour is to hear from constituents in their districts about their most pressing concerns, answer questions, and discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led, legislative wins for working people and families.

“One of our ways to keep our promise is to continue to remind our constituents that we work for them,” said Rep. Ingram.


08.05.19 - Reps. Ingram, Denson, Kelly, Miranda Announce Ohio Promise Town Hall


State Reps. Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati), Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati), Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) today announced a town hall meeting on Thursday, August 15th at 6:00 p.m. at People Working Cooperatively to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led wins for working people and families in Hamilton County.

“There is much work for us to do, and how we do that work depends on knowing the issues our constituents are continually facing,” said Rep. Ingram. “This is one of the most important ways to keep our Ohio Promise.”


06.06.19 - Ingram: Democratic Priorities Help Shape Workers Comp Budget


Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 80, the two-year state Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) budget, which contained a number of Democratic priorities, including benefits for first responders with PTSD and reforms to the state’s employee misclassification laws.


05.01.19 - Ingram, House Dems Lead Bipartisan Effort To End School Takeovers, Restore Local Control


House Democrats today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 154, a bipartisan effort to end state takeovers of local schools and restore control to local education officials. The bill comes amid questions of accountability, transparency and lackluster results from district takeovers in Youngstown, Lorain and East Cleveland.


04.10.19 - Ingram: Near-total Abortion Ban Threatens Women's Health, Liberty


House Democrats today voted against Senate Bill (SB) 23, a GOP-backed near-total abortion ban that would prohibit abortions in Ohio long before most women know they are pregnant. SB 23 would become the most extreme abortion ban in the country if signed into law.


03.15.19 - Ingram: Dems Improve State Transportation Budget, Support Its Passage


House Democratic lawmakers today voted in favor of House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s bipartisan, two-year budget that largely funds road and bridge improvements and public transportation throughout the state.


03.13.19 - Ingram Urges Congress To Fund Grants Not Received During Federal Shutdown


State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today testified before the House Federalism Committee in favor of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 4, her legislation urging Congress to fund grants that were not disbursed during federal government shutdowns. 


02.21.19 - Ingram Opposes GOP Anti-worker Bill To Eliminate Prevailing Wage


State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced her opposition to House Bill 78, a Republican-sponsored bill that would reduce pay for skilled workers by eliminating prevailing wage requirements in Ohio.


01.08.19 - Ingram Sworn In As State Rep For Ohio House District 32


State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) took the oath of office yesterday during the opening session of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly at the Ohio Statehouse, starting her second term as state lawmaker.

“It is more important now than ever for Ohio’s lawmakers, as a whole, to work toward what’s best for all the people of Ohio,” said Ingram.


12.05.18 - Ingram Announces Passage Of Bipartisan House Bill 705


State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 705, which provides relief to school district treasures from strict personal financial liability.

“It is important to recognize and continue to be transparent on how our school districts function in the State of Ohio,” said Ingram. “HB 705 brings to light the issue of the treasure’s personal assets being linked to the expenditure of public funds on behalf of the school district.”


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.”