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 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 with other members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
Rep. Sykes with other members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
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 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
 

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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12.07.16 - Sykes: Legislature Sends Opioid Omnibus Legislation To Governor's Desk After Summer Of Silence

 

The Ohio House today put the final stamp of approval on opioid omnibus legislation after months of inaction during the rapidly growing opioid addiction crisis. Ohio was recently identified as the national leader in opioid and heroin overdose deaths by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s analysis of U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention Data.

“There is a clear disconnect between bills being passed in Columbus, and the lives that are being lost in places across the state like Akron, Portsmouth and Cincinnati,” said State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron). “The state can and must do more to address this statewide emergency – it is literally a matter of life or death.” 

The legislation, Senate Bill 319, passed after a trio of amendments from Democratic lawmakers to provide much-needed emergency funding and allow immediate implementation of the bill were rejected by GOP lawmakers. 

 
 

12.07.16 - Sykes Celebrates Local University Of Akron Olympic Bronze Medalist Clayton Murphy

 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today offered a House Resolution honoring University of Akron student Clayton Murphy for being awarded the bronze medal in the 800-meter dash at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Murphy, a senior at the University of Akron, will be graduating in May with a degree in Corporate Finance.

“I am thrilled to be honoring Clayton Murphy on the House floor today. It is often said that the 34th House District is the birthplace of champions, and Mr. Murphy is no exception,” said Sykes. “Also to be credited is his coach, Lee LaBadie, and the track and field coaching staff at the University.”   

 
 

12.07.16 - Sykes: Eleventh-hour Lawmaking Brings Strictest Abortion Ban In The Nation To Kasich's Desk

 

Eleventh-hour lawmaking brought the strictest abortion ban in the nation to Gov. John Kasich’s desk this evening, for his signature into law. With U.S. Senate inaction giving way to a pending U.S. Supreme Court justice appointment from President-elect Donald Trump, Ohio Republicans appear to be counting on a new federal bench to re-litigate the constitutionality of their attacks on women’s health care. But Roe v. Wade is settled law upheld most recently by the Whole Women’s Health decision which overturned undue burdens on women’s access to abortion.

The unprecedented six-week abortion ban was amended into House Bill 493, legislation that strengthens Ohio’s child abuse reporting system. The last-minute amendment comes as the legislature closes out the 131st General Assembly on Thursday.

“If the legislature is serious about supporting life, how about supporting babies and families in a state with one of the worst infant mortality rates in the nation? How about finally adequately funding our children’s education? For all the talk from some lawmakers about the sanctity and value of life, that value seems to end once the child is outside the womb. This extreme, unconstitutional legislation places partisan politics above the health and well-being of Ohio women and their families.” –Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron)

 
 

11.29.16 - Akron Lawmakers Celebrate The RubberDucks 2016 Eastern League Championship Title

 

State Reps. Greta Johnson (D-Akron) and Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today applauded the adoption of House Resolution (HR) 534, legislation honoring the Akron RubberDucks as the 2016 Eastern League Champions. The Akron RubberDucks, Double-A affiliates of the Cleveland Indians, won the organization’s fifth championship title this past September by defeating the Trenton Thunder 2-1. 

“Once again, the RubberDucks continue the 34th House District’s longstanding tradition of being the birthplace of champions. I am so immensely proud of this team’s unyielding dedication that has earned them this title for the fifth time in 12 years,” said Sykes. “The RubberDucks, along with owner Ken Babby, are an invaluable treasure of the Akron community, and it has been my honor to recognize them at the Statehouse today.”   

 
 
 

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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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Party : Democrat
Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Eligible to run for another term