Emilia Sykes Sworn In As State Representative
Takes seat in Ohio House of Representatives for Summit County's 34th district

Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) was sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives Monday as State Representative for the 34th House District in a Statehouse ceremony with her colleagues. Sykes, elected to her first House term in November, will serve the citizens of North and West Akron, parts of East and South Akron and small sections of Cuyahoga Falls and Bath Township.

“I am deeply honored that the people of the 34th House District put their trust in me to stand up for them at our Statehouse,” said Rep. Sykes. “We need policies that will help bring good jobs to our area while investing in our communities and our schools to prepare us for a brighter future. I look forward to being a strong voice for working families, minorities, voters and those most in need. I am eager to get to work.”

Born and raised in Akron, Sykes graduated cum laude from Kent State and earned her J.D. with a Certificate in Family Law and Masters in Public Health from the University of Florida. While in law school, she spent a year volunteering with the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic, where she created a public health campaign to educate high violence communities, particularly women and girls, about domestic violence and how to form relationships.

Rep. Sykes has volunteered at Community Legal Services in Akron, where she offered access to quality health and legal services to people in need. She worked with other local organizations to find solutions to health issues and brought creative solutions to the problems that low-income citizens face.

Sykes most recently worked as staff advisor for the Summit County Fiscal Officer. She follows the public service example of her mother, Barbara, and father, Vernon—both former State Representatives for the greater Akron area.

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