St. Francis DeSales HS Choir visits the Statehouse
St. Francis DeSales HS Choir visits the Statehouse
 Rep. Leland listening to the St. Francis DeSales HS Choir
Rep. Leland listening to the St. Francis DeSales HS Choir
 Ohio Audubon Society Conference
Ohio Audubon Society Conference
 Rep. Leland Reading helping a young constituent read as part of the Northern Lights Library's Reading Buddies Program
Rep. Leland Reading helping a young constituent read as part of the Northern Lights Library's Reading Buddies Program
 Representatives Leland and Curtin at the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Representatives Leland and Curtin at the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Rep. Leland reading to children for Storytime at Whetstone Public Library
Rep. Leland reading to children for Storytime at Whetstone Public Library
 Rep. Leland serving corn at the St. Anthony's Parish Corn Roast Festival
Rep. Leland serving corn at the St. Anthony's Parish Corn Roast Festival
 Maize Manor Playground Dedication
Maize Manor Playground Dedication
Celebrating the 4th of July
Celebrating the 4th of July
 Rep. Leland visiting EWI as a part of National Manufacturing Day
Rep. Leland visiting EWI as a part of National Manufacturing Day
 Rep. Leland presenting a resolution declaring September 26th, 2015 as Green Apple Day of Service
Rep. Leland presenting a resolution declaring September 26th, 2015 as Green Apple Day of Service
Congratulating the Centennial HS STEM Club for being the 2015 National Rube Goldberg Machine Competition Champions
Congratulating the Centennial HS STEM Club for being the 2015 National Rube Goldberg Machine Competition Champions
 Recognizing a constituent, Katie Brosmer, as the 2015 Big Sister of the Year
Recognizing a constituent, Katie Brosmer, as the 2015 Big Sister of the Year
 Rep. Leland reviews students' Civic Action Projects at St. Francis DeSales High School
Rep. Leland reviews students' Civic Action Projects at St. Francis DeSales High School
Rep. Leland reviews students' Civic Action Projects at St. Francis DeSales High School
Rep. Leland reviews students' Civic Action Projects at St. Francis DeSales High School
 Rep. Leland reviews students' Civic Action Projects at St. Francis DeSales High School
Rep. Leland reviews students' Civic Action Projects at St. Francis DeSales High School
 Receiving a carnation during House swearing-in ceremony
Receiving a carnation during House swearing-in ceremony
Rep. Leland during the 115th General Assembly
Rep. Leland during the 115th General Assembly
 Rep. Leland with the Columbus Clippers mascots
Rep. Leland with the Columbus Clippers mascots
 Rep. Leland speaks with a constituent
Rep. Leland speaks with a constituent
Rep. Leland with Minority Whip Boyce & Leader Strahorn
Rep. Leland with Minority Whip Boyce & Leader Strahorn
 Welcome to Clintonville!
Welcome to Clintonville!
 House honors National Championship OSU Football team
House honors National Championship OSU Football team
 

Always committed to making the north Columbus community a better place to live and work, State Representative David Leland has lived in the 22nd Ohio House District for more than 48 years. During this time, he has volunteered with many organizations, such as the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, Friends of the Library, and the Clintonville 4th of July Celebration. His commitment to community service was recognized by the OSU Alumni Association with its Citizenship Award.

 
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11.29.18 - Leland: Access To Citizen-led Ballot Initiative The Only Backstop To An Extreme, Gerrymandered Legislature

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) released the following statement today in response to new, fast-tracked legislation, House Joint Resolution 19, that would limit citizens’ access to Democracy in Ohio by placing new, arbitrary restrictions on the constitutional ballot initiative process in Ohio: 

“Ohio Republican leadership want to rig our Ohio democracy against voters. The citizen initiative has been the only backstop to rigged, gerrymandered districts and the extreme political agenda at the Ohio Statehouse. In the last several years, the General Assembly has only acted on major issues like redistricting reform and medical marijuana when faced with the threat of a citizen-led ballot initiative.

“It’s strange, but the whole concept of popular democracy seems foreign to them. Leadership only holds their positions of power because gerrymandering subverts the will of the people. Now they want to severely restrict one of the only avenues left for the majority of people to be heard.”

 
 

11.14.18 - Leland Responds To Likely House Passage Of Stand Your Ground On Steroids

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today released a statement following the Ohio House passage of House Bill (HB) 228, the so-called Stand Your Ground bill, a Republican-sponsored effort to loosen gun safety standards by reducing firearm offenses, making it harder to prosecute gun violence cases and preempting local authority to enact commonsense safety protections for Ohio families.

 
 

10.05.18 - Lawmakers Honor First African American MLB Player On "Fleetwood Walker Day" At Mural Unveiling

 

State Reps. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire), Thomas West (D-Canton) and David Leland (D-Columbus) will deliver remarks in a mural dedication ceremony honoring the nation’s first professional African American baseball player, Moses Fleetwood Walker, on Sunday, October 7 at 1:30 p.m. in Steubenville. Legislation sponsored by the lawmakers naming October 7, Walker’s birthday, as “Moses Fleetwood Walker Day” in the state of Ohio was signed into law last year.

“Walker’s life story is a perfect example of how we must continue working together to create a world in which everyone has the opportunity to reach their God-given potential,” said Cera. “I’m glad that Jefferson County is memorializing such a gifted athlete and brave American.”

Walker began his professional baseball career with the Toledo Blue Stockings in 1883, but his career was cut short in 1889 when both the American Association and the National League unofficially banned African American players. It was not until 1947 when the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson finally broke the color barrier.

“Honoring Moses Walker is more than just remembering a baseball player,” said Leland. “It is a reminder of who we are as a Nation, whose Constitution vows to protect everyone’s inalienable rights to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’. It is also a cautionary tale, because sometimes, after we get something right, we lose our way. So as we honor Moses Fleetwood Walker, we remember that the battle for equality and justice is never finished.”

The mural was painted by artist Ruston Baker. An exhibit on Walker, housed in the Jefferson County Historical Association Museum, will be open to the public that day.

“Moses Walker is yet another hidden figure that is owed the respect for breaking color barriers during the era of Jim Crow and violent racism. Still, he persisted,” said West. “His story resonates with countless individuals, as it inspires those seeking courage during challenging and trying times. Walker’s life is an important piece of Ohio history and American history.”  

 
 

08.27.18 - Lawmakers Respond To Public Corruption Search Warrant Executed On Ohio House Republicans

 

State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today issued the following statements in response to the release of a U.S. Department of Justice subpoena into allegations of Ohio House Republicans’ pay-to-play culture of corruption at the Statehouse:

“As this investigation into the Republican culture of corruption unravels at highest levels of power in the Ohio House, Republican House leadership is working overtime to distance themselves from their involvement while trying to paint Cliff Rosenberger as the sole actor in any illegal, pay-to-play schemes.

“Though Rosenberger was the first House speaker in history to resign amid a federal corruption investigation, his leadership team and former roommate, Speaker Ryan Smith, is still in control of the Ohio House and potentially illegal campaign funds, creating more questions than answers as to how deep this river of corruption runs at the Statehouse.”—Rep. David Leland

 
 
 

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Representative David Leland
District 22
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-2473
Fax      (614) 719-6961
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Hometown : Columbus
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Eligible to run for another term