Rep. Sykes speaking during the 2016 OLBC Day of Action
Rep. Sykes speaking during the 2016 OLBC Day of Action
 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 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
 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 speaks on new domestic violence legislation at news conference
Rep. Sykes speaks on new domestic violence legislation at news conference
 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 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
 

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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01.13.17 - Rep. Sykes Outlines Priorities For Second Term

 

Soon after being sworn in for a second term representing Ohio’s 34th House District, state Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) announced her priorities for the new General Assembly. 

“As we begin the new year, it is clear that Ohio faces real challenges,” said Sykes. “A new General Assembly provides a new opportunity to work with others across the aisle to pass meaningful legislation that provides better jobs, access to essential healthcare services and quality educational opportunities for our children.” 

 
 

12.20.16 - Rep. Sykes Named 2016 Legislative Champion For Kids

 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today was recognized as the 2016 Legislative Champion for Kids by the Safe Kids Summit. Each year, the coalition recognizes active elected officials, engaged community members, outstanding schools, and students who work to promote child safety in Summit County. 

“I am truly honored to be recognized by a group that does so much to promote the safety and well-being of our young people,” said Sykes. “I am eager to continue working at the state level to combat infant mortality while promoting commonsense safety initiatives like bike helmet use, efforts that will help protect some of our most vulnerable Ohioans.” 

 
 

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.”   

 
 
 
 

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Representative Emilia Sykes
District 34
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-3100
Fax      (614) 719-6944
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Leadership Position : Assistant Minority Whip
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Party : Democrat
Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Eligible to run for another term