State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today announced he will serve as the top Democrat of the House Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education for the new legislative session.   

“Affordability and accessibility of quality higher education is the great equalizer in our economy,” said Ramos. “A college degree is so often the gateway for Ohioans out of poverty and into the middle class – but that can only happen if students can afford to start and complete their degree without being saddled with a lifetime of debt.” 

Ramos will also serve on the following committees to help shape and refine public policy during the 132nd General Assembly:


-Finance Subcommittee on State Government and Agency Review

-Ways and Means

-Education and Career Readiness

The House of Representatives has 21 standing committees now after House Republicans slightly altered the committee structure for the 132nd General Assembly. The Judiciary Committee was split into two separate Criminal and Civil Justice Committees, committees on state and local government were consolidated, and several new committees – including Aging & Long-Term Care and Federalism & Interstate Relations – were established, among other changes.

Committees are held any time before or after House floor sessions and are open to the public. House Finance Committee is generally broadcast live on the internet. The Ohio Senate recently announced they would begin to livestream additional standing committees, but the House has not yet indicated whether it will follow suit.

Ramos was elected to his fourth term in November and sworn in earlier this month. Prior to being elected in 2010, the Lorain lawmaker spent much of his career as a legislative aide and policy analyst in the Ohio House, having previously worked in the Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services. He is a former member of the UAW.

Ramos is the first Ohioan of Puerto Rican descent to serve in the General Assembly, and is the longest serving Latino state official in Ohio's history.

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