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 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 speaks on new domestic violence legislation at news conference
Rep. Sykes speaks on new domestic violence legislation at news conference
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 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, State Rep. 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.

As representative, Sykes has pushed an aggressive job creation plan, fighting to keep local jobs for local workers and expand opportunities for middle and working class families in Akron. Rep. Sykes understands the importance of a quality education and job training for people to get ahead. She has supported young le...

 
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06.27.16 - Rep. Sykes Comments On U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Affirming Women's Right To Comprehensive Healthcare

 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, in which the court found that restrictions on access to comprehensive healthcare in Texas placed an undue burden on women, violating the American Constitution: 

“I am pleased the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of women to have full and unfettered access to reproductive healthcare services. As the state of Ohio continues to place undue burdens on women who are simply seeking healthcare, state lawmakers should take note of this ruling and recognize that a woman’s right to make their own healthcare choices continues to be protected under the U.S. Constitution.”

 
 

06.24.16 - Sykes: Community Programs Will Improve Quality Of Life For Vulnerable Ohioans

 

State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced state funding for two important community programs that seek to expand economic opportunities and access to healthcare for Akron residents.

AxessPointe Community Health Center, Inc. recently received $350,000 in federal grant money to expand access to oral healthcare in the Akron area. The local community health center was one of 16 Ohio centers that received almost $6.5 million from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

“Oral health is directly connected to overall health,” said Sykes. “More healthy smiles in Akron mean a higher quality of life and improved health for our community, and I am very pleased to see our community health centers will be able to expand access to oral healthcare for the most vulnerable citizens.”  

 
 

06.10.16 - Sykes To Be Honored For Work Promoting Improved Public Health

 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) has been selected to receive the 2016 Public Health Practice Excellence Award by the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health Programs. The Akron lawmaker will be recognized by the consortium for her public service efforts to improve health outcomes for Ohio communities at a ceremony in Cleveland on June 12, 2016.  

“From our high infant mortality rate to the growing opioid addiction crisis, Ohio faces serious challenges to our public health. However, through greater education, collaboration and commonsense states policies, I am confident that we can help improve health outcomes for communities across the state,” said Sykes. 

 
 

05.25.16 - Democratic Proposal To Modernize State Domestic Violence Laws Clears House

 

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill (HB) 392, legislation to modernize Ohio’s domestic violence laws. The bill, sponsored by Democratic freshman State Reps. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and Christie Kuhns (D-Cincinnati), will allow victims of domestic violence at the hands of an intimate partner to obtain civil protective orders against their attacker. 

If enacted, HB 392 will close a loophole in existing state law that leaves thousands of Ohioans without recourse in the event of domestic violence. Ohio only defines domestic violence as occurring between spouses, family members, those cohabiting, or parents. People in ongoing, substantial, intimate and romantic relationships are not included in Ohio’s definition. 

“The most dangerous moment for a victim of domestic violence is when they try to separate from their abuser,” said Sykes. “By modernizing Ohio’s domestic violence laws to include individuals in serious dating relationships, we can help victims in any abusive relationship access the recourse they need to end the cycle of violence.” 

 
 
 

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Representative Emilia Strong Sykes
District 34
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-3100
Fax      (614) 719-6944
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Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Eligible to run for another term