Rep. Redfern gives a floor speech during House Session
Rep. Redfern gives a floor speech during House Session
 Rep. Redfern attends a Women's Rights Rally
Rep. Redfern attends a Women's Rights Rally
 Rep. Redfern speaks during House Session
Rep. Redfern speaks during House Session
Rep. Redfern speaks about voting bills on the House floor
Rep. Redfern speaks about voting bills on the House floor
 Rep. Redfern discusses his proposed Resolution, HCR 20, which recognizes Ohioans' contributions to the War of 1812
Rep. Redfern discusses his proposed Resolution, HCR 20, which recognizes Ohioans' contributions to the War of 1812
 Reps. Redfern and Driehaus with Legislative Director Andy DiPalma
Reps. Redfern and Driehaus with Legislative Director Andy DiPalma
Rep. Redfern discusses the negative effects of removing Medicaid expansion from the Budget Bill.
Rep. Redfern discusses the negative effects of removing Medicaid expansion from the Budget Bill.
 Rep. Redfern and Rep. Ashford
Rep. Redfern and Rep. Ashford
 House Session
House Session
Press Conference on Inspector General Selection Process
Press Conference on Inspector General Selection Process
 Rep. Redfern discusses the Budget Bill
Rep. Redfern discusses the Budget Bill
 Rep. Redford speaks out against the Budget Bill that negatively impacts thousands of middle class and working class Ohioans
Rep. Redford speaks out against the Budget Bill that negatively impacts thousands of middle class and working class Ohioans
House Session
House Session
 Rep. Redfern signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
Rep. Redfern signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
 House Session
House Session
 

State Rep. Chris Redfern returned to the Ohio House in 2012, beginning his service to the constituents of the newly drawn 89th Ohio House District, which includes all of Erie and Ottawa Counties. He was previously a Democratic State Representative for Ohio House District 80 and had been a member of the Ohio House since 1999. 

Rep. Redfern previously served as Minority Leader for House Democrats from 2003 to early 2006. Mr. Redfern was also an Ottawa County commissioner from 1993 to 1999 – the youngest in the state when his term began in 1993. Redfern currently serves as Chairman of The ...

 
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Representative Redfern Serves In the Following Committees :

Agriculture and Natural ResourcesState Controlling Board
 
 
 
 

10.30.14 - Redfern Announces Drinking Water Monitoring Grant For Huron

 

State Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) today announced the City of Huron received $8,568 from the state to purchase blue-green algae monitoring equipment for the city’s drinking water supply. Huron uses Lake Erie as their water source.

“This funding is important to protect against harmful algal blooms contaminating the city’s drinking water, but it is also a reminder that we need a comprehensive approach to address the source of harmful algal blooms,” said Redfern. “Continuing to merely treat the symptoms could put public health in jeopardy, and it will cost taxpayers more in the long run.”

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OHEPA) has made $1 million in grants available statewide, with up to $10,000 available per public water system.

This summer, a harmful algal toxin contaminated Toledo’s drinking water supply, cutting off access to water for 400,000 people for three days.

The week following the water crisis, Redfern and regional lawmakers called for action on a plan that included declaring the Maumee Watershed a “distressed watershed,” working with the Federal EPA to implement strategies to prevent a similar crisis and calling on the governor to convene a Governors task force with governors from the Lake Erie states.

Rep. Redfern represents the western-basin of Lake Erie and the largest area of the Lake Erie shoreline in the state legislature.

 
 

08.08.14 - Rep. Redfern, Lake Erie Democrats Urge Immediate State Action To Restore Health Of Great Lake, Safety Of Water

 

Today, Ohio House Democrats from along the Lake Erie shoreline discussed a series of policy proposals to stop the region’s toxic algal blooms and to prevent future public health emergencies, like last weekend’s Toledo water crisis. 

 
 

08.04.14 - Rep. Redfern Calls For Removal Of State Health Director

 

State Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) today called on Gov. Kasich to remove the new Ohio Health Department Director, Rick Hodges, citing the need to have a department leader with experience in dealing with public health emergencies, like the water crisis in Toledo.

Hodges, the former Executive Director of the Ohio Turnpike, has no training or experience in healthcare-related fields—a qualification Redfern says is explicitly required by state law.

“The drinking water crisis in Toledo highlights how important it is to have a seasoned healthcare professional leading the state's response to public health emergencies. With 500,000 Ohioans in need in need of safe and reliable drinking water, it is discomforting to know that the new leader of the state’s public health agency, former Turnpike Director Rick Hodges, has no medical training or experience in healthcare,” Redfern wrote in the letter.

Redfern’s legislative district includes the western basin of Lake Erie. 

A copy of the letter can be seen below.

 
 

08.02.14 - Redfern Calls For Emergency State Funding To Combat Harmful Algal Blooms

 

State Rep. Chris Redfern (D- Catawba Island) early Saturday morning announced he is working toward emergency funding to reduce and control harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The Lake Erie lawmaker's announcement follows early morning "do not drink" orders for City of Toledo water customers due to dangerous toxin concentrations from harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the lake. Boiling the water can pose a greater health risk, as it increases the concentration of the toxins.

"It is absolutely necessary that the state step up to meet the ongoing threat of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie," said Rep. Redfern. "The state has a responsibility to provide for the public health of our greatest natural resource, and for the people who rely on the lake for something as fundamental as drinking water."

Saturday morning, tests at Collins Park Water Treatment Plant in Toledo showed microcystin levels at a dangerous concentration in drinking water. The city voluntarily tests for the toxic blue-green algae that is a poisonous byproduct of HABs.

Redfern said that-- although the city does choose to test for microcystin --the state should look at mandating testing requirements for the toxic algae, a measure he said could be linked with long-term funding for HAB research and mitigation.

Redfern used his position on the powerful state controlling board-- a state spending oversight panel --to call attention to the need for greater state funding when the panel approve a January appropriation for $600,000 to meet federal EPA grant requirements for university studies pinpointing HAB sources.

Redfern represents the 89th Ohio House district, which includes the western basin of Lake Erie.

 
 
 

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Representative Chris Redfern
District 89
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 644-6011
Fax      (614) 719-6980
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Hometown : Catawba
Party : Democrat
Elected Experience :
Current Term : Expires December 2014 / Eligible to run for another term