Leader Sykes speaks with Rep. Hicks-Hudson while waiting for House session to begin
Leader Sykes speaks with Rep. Hicks-Hudson while waiting for House session to begin
 leader Sykes speaks during a press conference outlining Democratic bills to prioritize the safety and security of Ohio families
leader Sykes speaks during a press conference outlining Democratic bills to prioritize the safety and security of Ohio families
 Leader Sykes speaks to constituents at the Akron Ohio Promise Town Hall
Leader Sykes speaks to constituents at the Akron Ohio Promise Town Hall
Leader Emilia Strong Sykes with her Democratic colleagues at the Akron Ohio Promise Town Hall
Leader Emilia Strong Sykes with her Democratic colleagues at the Akron Ohio Promise Town Hall
 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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07.10.20 - Rep. Sykes Statement On State Mask Mandate For Summit County

 

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement today following Gov. DeWine’s executive order to require facemasks in Summit County. Summit County is one of 12 counties, including Clermont, Fairfield, Lorain, Pickaway, Wood, Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Montgomery and Trumbull, that are subject to the governor’s mask mandate. Each of the counties falls within Level 3 of the state’s new Public Health Advisory System, which was unveiled July 2. Level 3 indicates very high exposure and spread of coronavirus.

 
 

07.09.20 - Leader Sykes Issues Statement Following A Day Of GOP Secrecy, Social Media Attacks And Subsequent Reinstatement Of Work From Home Policy

 

COLUMBUS— House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement following a memorandum from Speaker of the House Larry Householder (R-Glenford) that the entire House of Representatives would be once again put under Work From Home status beginning tomorrow after a suspected COVID-19 outbreak among Republican staff was brought to light by Democratic representatives and staff and in response to public outrage of the Republicans' handling of this issue.

 
 

07.08.20 - Leader Sykes Holds Virtual Ohio Promise Town Hall

 

COLUMBUS –Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) held a virtual community town hall as part of the Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall Tour, a series of digital events this summer where local lawmakers provide a Statehouse update on issues including COVID-19, jobs and the economy, racial justice and gun safety.

 
 

06.30.20 - House Dems Announce Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall Tour

 

House Democrats, led by Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), today announced the kickoff to the Ohio Promise Virtual Town Hall Tour, a series of virtual town halls this summer where local lawmakers will discuss statewide issues like COVID-19, jobs and the economy, racial justice and police reforms. 

 
 
 

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