Leader Sykes nominates Reps. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) to the House Democratic leadership team
Leader Sykes nominates Reps. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) to the House Democratic leadership team
 Leader Sykes speaks at the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus 2019 State Conference
Leader Sykes speaks at the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus 2019 State Conference
 Leader Sykes speaks at the United Food and Commercial Workers event
Leader Sykes speaks at the United Food and Commercial Workers event
Leader Sykes speaks to attendees at Adams County Day at the Statehouse
Leader Sykes speaks to attendees at Adams County Day at the Statehouse
 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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07.16.19 - House Dems Announce Statewide Ohio Promise Town Hall Tour

 

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the launch of the Ohio Promise Tour, a statewide legislative town hall series hosted by House Democratic members to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led wins for working people and families.

 
 

07.12.19 - State Library Funds Slashed Under Interim Budget

 

House Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today called on state lawmakers to recover funds lost by Ohio libraries during the ongoing 17-day temporary budget extension. Ohio’s public library systems have lost thousands of dollars under the bill, and stand to lose more if Republican lawmakers cannot reach a long-term deal by July 17.

 
 

07.12.19 - Leader Sykes Observes Minority Mental Health Month

 

House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today recognized Minority Mental Health Month, observed annually in July to raise awareness and promote education regarding mental health conditions that impact Ohio communities.

“Ohioans are suffering every day because of challenges managing mental health issues, and we have a responsibility as lawmakers to help create awareness and highlight disparities that impact our communities,” said Leader Sykes. “I encourage you and your family to engage in conversations about mental health so we can begin to break the stigma and create a better and brighter future for everyone.”

 
 

07.08.19 - Sykes, Dems: Remove Budget Provision Moving 2020 Presidential Primary To St. Patrick's Day

 

House Democratic lawmakers from across Ohio today sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose seeking information from his office about the impact of moving the 2020 presidential primary from March 10 to March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. See the letter below.

 
 
 

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