Leader Sykes joins Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) to unveil priority bills for the 133rd General Assembly
Leader Sykes joins Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) to unveil priority bills for the 133rd General Assembly
 Leader Sykes accepts an award honoring her work on children's issues from Groundwork Ohio alongside Senate Democratic Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights), Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) and Sen. Jay Hottinger (R-Newark)
Leader Sykes accepts an award honoring her work on children's issues from Groundwork Ohio alongside Senate Democratic Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights), Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) and Sen. Jay Hottinger (R-Newark)
 Leader Sykes speaks on children's issues at a Groundwork Ohio panel
Leader Sykes speaks on children's issues at a Groundwork Ohio panel
Leader Sykes speaks on the House floor in support of Ohio's operating budget bill
Leader Sykes speaks on the House floor in support of Ohio's operating budget bill
 Leader Sykes speaks about Ohio's redistricting ruling alongside Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland)
Leader Sykes speaks about Ohio's redistricting ruling alongside Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland)
 Leader Sykes speaks to a reporter about Ohio's redistricting ruling
Leader Sykes speaks to a reporter about Ohio's redistricting ruling
Leader Sykes speaks with an attendee at 2019 Women's Lobby Day
Leader Sykes speaks with an attendee at 2019 Women's Lobby Day
 Leader Sykes speaks at 2019 Women's Lobby Day
Leader Sykes speaks at 2019 Women's Lobby Day
 Leader Sykes shares the Ohio Promise with the Ohio Realtors Association
Leader Sykes shares the Ohio Promise with the Ohio Realtors Association
Leader Sykes speaks on a panel on women in Ohio government sponsored by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce
Leader Sykes speaks on a panel on women in Ohio government sponsored by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce
 Leader Sykes speaks to members of the Ohio Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Leader Sykes speaks to members of the Ohio Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
 Leader Sykes speaks on the House floor in opposition to a near-total abortion ban that would prohibit abortions in Ohio long before most women know they are pregnant
Leader Sykes speaks on the House floor in opposition to a near-total abortion ban that would prohibit abortions in Ohio long before most women know they are pregnant
Leader Sykes talks with House Minority Whip Kent Smith (D-Euclid) before House Session
Leader Sykes talks with House Minority Whip Kent Smith (D-Euclid) before House Session
 Leader Sykes speaks at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Day at the Capitol
Leader Sykes speaks at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Day at the Capitol
 Leader Sykes speaks at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Day at the Capitol
Leader Sykes speaks at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Day at the Capitol
Leader Sykes unveils the Ohio Promise, a blueprint to renew the Buckeye State's promise of better jobs and brighter futures
Leader Sykes unveils the Ohio Promise, a blueprint to renew the Buckeye State's promise of better jobs and brighter futures
 Leader Sykes joins Democratic lawmakers to unveil the Ohio Promise, a blueprint to renew the Buckeye State's promise of better jobs and brighter futures
Leader Sykes joins Democratic lawmakers to unveil the Ohio Promise, a blueprint to renew the Buckeye State's promise of better jobs and brighter futures
 Leader Sykes with Rep. Tavia Galonski and Senator Teresa Fedor at the 10th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day event at the Statehouse
Leader Sykes with Rep. Tavia Galonski and Senator Teresa Fedor at the 10th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day event at the Statehouse
Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes pictured alongside the rest of the House Democratic Leadership Team for the 133rd General Assembly (from left to right: Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs, Minority Whip Kent Smith, Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes, and Assistant Minority Whip Paula Hicks-Hudson)
Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes pictured alongside the rest of the House Democratic Leadership Team for the 133rd General Assembly (from left to right: Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs, Minority Whip Kent Smith, Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes, and Assistant Minority Whip Paula Hicks-Hudson)
 State Representative Emilia Sykes accepts the Legislator of the Year Award from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities
State Representative Emilia Sykes accepts the Legislator of the Year Award from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities
 State Representative Emilia Sykes accepts the Legislator of the Year Award from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities
State Representative Emilia Sykes accepts the Legislator of the Year Award from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities
State Representative Emilia Sykes accepts the Legislator of the Year Award from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities
State Representative Emilia Sykes accepts the Legislator of the Year Award from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities
 Rep. Sykes speaking at the bill signing for her bipartisan legislation, House Bill 1, which expands protections for domestic violence victims.
Rep. Sykes speaking at the bill signing for her bipartisan legislation, House Bill 1, which expands protections for domestic violence victims.
 Rep. Sykes with Governor Kasich signing House Bill 1 into law, legislation to modernize Ohio's domestic violence laws
Rep. Sykes with Governor Kasich signing House Bill 1 into law, legislation to modernize Ohio's domestic violence laws
Rep. Sykes at the Working People's Day of Action Rally
Rep. Sykes at the Working People's Day of Action Rally
 2018 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Officers and Members
2018 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Officers and Members
 Rep. Sykes speaking during the 2016 OLBC Day of Action
Rep. Sykes speaking during the 2016 OLBC Day of Action
Rep. Sykes speaking at a news conference to raise concerns about SB 152, saying legislation to ban local hiring and restrict project labor agreements for public works projects will jeopardize Ohio jobs
Rep. Sykes speaking at a news conference to raise concerns about SB 152, saying legislation to ban local hiring and restrict project labor agreements for public works projects will jeopardize Ohio jobs
 Rep. Sykes standing in opposition of defunding abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood during House Session
Rep. Sykes standing in opposition of defunding abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood during House Session
 Rep. Sykes with Reps. Howse and Kuhns at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
Rep. Sykes with Reps. Howse and Kuhns at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
Rep. Sykes, Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus Co-Policy Chair, speaking with constituent at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
Rep. Sykes, Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus Co-Policy Chair, speaking with constituent at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
 Rep. Sykes speaking with a constituent at a town hall meeting in Akron
Rep. Sykes speaking with a constituent at a town hall meeting in Akron
 Rep. Sykes speaks on new domestic violence legislation at news conference
Rep. Sykes speaks on new domestic violence legislation at news conference
Rep. Sykes after being sworn in on Opening Day of the 131st General Assembly
Rep. Sykes after being sworn in on Opening Day of the 131st General Assembly
 Rep. Sykes with other members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
Rep. Sykes with other members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
 
 

Born and raised in Akron, House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes was elected to represent her hometown (OH-34) in November 2014. With a strong sense of responsibility for the well-being of those that she serves, Sykes has tackled the challenges of her district with unmatched passion and dedication. Sykes serves as Democratic leader of the House minority caucus, a position to which she was elected by her colleagues.

As a representative, Leader Sykes has pushed an aggressive job creation plan, fighting to keep local jobs for local workers and expand opportunities for middle and working class familie...

 
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05.14.19 - Sykes Partners With Advocates To Promote Bike Helmet Safety In Akron

 

House Minority Leader and State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) on Friday joined members of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and State Highway Patrol at Helen Arnold Community Learning Center to promote the AAP’s Bike Helmet Safety Awareness initiative.

“I’m proud to partner with the Ohio AAP to provide bicycle safety tips and remind children to ‘Put A Lid On It’ to help prevent injuries and save lives,” said Sykes. “We were able to give the kids a special presentation teaching them the importance of wearing a bike helmet and helmets to take home.”

 
 

05.09.19 - Democratic Priorities Shape Budget As Bill Clears Ohio House

 

House Democratic lawmakers today voted in favor of the state budget, House Bill 166, which includes a number of key Democratic priorities, including a significant tax cut for working people and families. 

 
 

05.08.19 - Ohio Redistricting Task Force Co-Chair Sykes Looks To Next Steps For Fair Districts

 

House Democratic Leader and Legislative Taskforce on Redistricting Co-Chair Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today detailed next steps that the Task Force, co-chaired by Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), must take to “consider the recent Court decision and, more importantly, to take necessary steps to ensure Ohio is taking the lead on our own fair districts, regardless of the Court’s decision on matters pending before it and outcomes in other states or courts,” she wrote in a letter* to Obhof.

 
 

05.03.19 - Legislative Leaders Urge GOP Officials To Put Partisanship Aside, Respect Will Of Ohio Voters

 

House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) today urged Ohio GOP officials to accept the will of Ohio voters and reject congressional redistricting court appeals motivated by maintaining partisan, political control over the next election cycle.

“Whether or not our current congressional map is unfair and unconstitutional is not in dispute. Virtually no one believes it to be a fair map. The egregiously gerrymandered districts are what drove the voters to approve a reform measure that would eliminate the current mapmaking process and ensure fairer district lines. The Court has just given us the opportunity to start a little sooner than we expected,” the leaders wrote in a letter to GOP officials.

 
 
 
 

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Representative Emilia Strong Sykes
District 34
77 S. High St
14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
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