St. Francis DeSales HS Choir visits the Statehouse
St. Francis DeSales HS Choir visits the Statehouse
 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
 Maize Manor Playground Dedication
Maize Manor Playground Dedication
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
 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
 
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 reading to children for Storytime at Whetstone Public Library
Rep. Leland reading to children for Storytime at Whetstone Public Library
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
 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 serving corn at the St. Anthony's Parish Corn Roast Festival
Rep. Leland serving corn at the St. Anthony's Parish Corn Roast Festival
 Rep. Leland listening to the St. Francis DeSales HS Choir
Rep. Leland listening to the St. Francis DeSales HS Choir
 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
Ohio Audubon Society Conference
Ohio Audubon Society Conference
 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
 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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06.26.18 - Amid Public Outcry, Ohio Republicans Backtrack On Planned So-called Stand Your Ground Vote

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) today applauded concerned citizens and gun safety organizations who contacted Ohio Republican lawmakers and asked them to cancel their planned vote on House Bill 228, so-called “Stand Your Ground” legislation, this week.

“By standing their ground and raising their voices, thousands of citizens’ calls and letters let the Statehouse Republicans know that voting to increase the potential for gun violence is completely unacceptable,” said Leland. “I applaud concerned citizens and gun safety groups for staying engaged and forcing Republican lawmakers to pull down a vote on this dangerous and divisive bill that would make Ohioans less safe.”

House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) last week indicated to reporters that Republican members of the House would bring the gun-safety loosening bill up for a full House vote Wednesday before the legislature recesses for summer.

“Until Republicans in the legislature get serious about Ohioans’ calls for commonsense gun safety reforms, we must all keep the pressure on them to do the right thing,” Leland added.

Numerous gun safety bills, some championed by Republican Gov. John Kasich, sit idle continue to sit idle in the Ohio legislature.

 
 

06.19.18 - Leland: GOP's Political Favor Trading For "Stand Your Ground" Will Cost Ohioans

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) issued the following statement in response to House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) today telling reporters the House would likely vote on extremist “stand your ground” legislation, House Bill 228, next week:

“Now we know what Rep. Smith had to promise to get his paltry 44 votes for Speaker. Sadly, as a result, Ohioans will be less safe and local communities will be unable to protect their citizens from gun violence. As The Who said, ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss.’”

Leland, the lead Democrat on the House Federalism Committee, has spoken out against restrictions in the bill that will prevent local communities from passing gun safety laws. The Columbus lawmaker is encouraging citizens to contact Republican legislators using the following link to voice their opposition to a full House vote on the legislation: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/members/member-directory

 

 
 

06.06.18 - Leland Statement On House Speaker Vote

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) issued the following statement in response to today’s House narrow, 11-round marathon vote to elect Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) Speaker of the Ohio House. Chaos and dysfunction have plagued the legislature since the abrupt resignation of former speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) in April, after he announced he was under FBI inquiry related to his official duties. 

 
 

05.23.18 - Leland Responds To Statehouse Dysfunction As Republicans Remain Gridlocked

 

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) issued the following statement in response to today’s session cancellation notice from House Republicans hours before the House was scheduled to vote on a new Republican speaker:

“In the wake of reports of FBI raids of the house of disgraced former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Republican leadership cancelled yet another session today. The majority remains haunted by the Rosenberger scandal. When we put partisan politics above the people, it’s the taxpayers who suffer. Ohioans deserve better. There is important work left for this General Assembly to do this year, and instead of holding the people’s work hostage, we should be coming together to defend the integrity of this institution and get back to the work we were sent here to do.”

 
 
 

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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