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, 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. Sykes also serves in House Democratic leadership as the minority whip, a position to which she was elected by her colleagues.

As a 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. R...

 
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11.15.18 - Sykes: House Passes Strictest Abortion Ban In The Nation During First Week Back At Work

 

The Republican-controlled Ohio House today passed House Bill (HB) 258, legislation that would prohibit an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks of pregnancy— long before most women even know they are pregnant.

 
 

11.14.18 - Sykes Pushes For Commonsense Gun Safety As GOP Passes So-called Stand Your Ground Bill

 

Ohio House Democratic state lawmakers today voted against 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.

“At a time where our country is plagued by gun violence and shootings of unarmed African Americans, passing Stand Your Ground legislation is complete disregard for the safety of all Ohioans. Removing the duty to retreat provision validates race-based fear as a defense for using deadly force,” said House Minority Whip Emilia Sykes (D-Akron). “Once again, the Republican majority is putting the special interests of their financial backers first instead of prioritizing the issues that matter to Ohio’s families.”

 
 

11.14.18 - Sykes Testifies On Retroactive Sentencing Reform Bill

 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) yesterday provided sponsor testimony on House Bill (HB) 555 before the House Criminal Justice Committee. The bill, joint sponsored with Representative Thomas West (D-Canton), allows for an offender to apply to the court for a reduction in their penalty, if the penalty for that crime is later reduced by legislation. The offender must meet certain criteria for eligibility; any non-violent offense will qualify.

 
 

11.09.18 - Sykes Observes National Family Caregivers Month

 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today recognized the month of November as National Family Caregivers Month. The Family Caregiver Alliance defines a family caregiver as “any relative, partner, friend or neighbor who has a significant personal relationship with, and provides a broad range of assistance for, an older person or an adult with a chronic or disabling condition.” This year’s theme is “Supercharge Your Caregiving” to highlight how family members can utilize support tools to improve the quality of life for their loved one and make their job easier as a caregiver.

“It can be challenging caring for a relative while completing daily tasks. Luckily, with the advent of new technology to check vital signs, access online patient records, and connect with support groups, these challenges can be decreased.” said Sykes. “In the General Assembly, it is important we recognize the work of family givers and provide support to services such as respite care.”

 
 
 

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Representative Emilia Strong Sykes
District 34
77 S. High St
14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-3100
Fax      (614) 719-6944
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Leadership Position : Minority Whip
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Party : Democrat
Current Term : Eligible to run for another term