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 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 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 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 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 speaking during the 2016 OLBC Day of Action
Rep. Sykes speaking during the 2016 OLBC Day of Action
 

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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05.18.17 - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Host 4th Annual AKA Day At The Capitol

 

Yesterday, State Representatives Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and Paul Zeltwanger (R-Mason) hosted Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated at Ohio House of Representatives for the fourth annual Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated Day at the Capitol.

“As a member of this esteemed organization, I consider it my honor to host these women today as they promote scholarship and service to all mankind,” said Sykes. “We work hard in Alpha Kappa Alpha to empower and educate our communities, and I am pleased that I am able to assist.”

 
 

05.05.17 - Sykes Kicks Off Community Bike Safety Program, Aims To Reduce Youth Head Injuries

 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today partnered with the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to support the organization’s bike safety awareness assembly. The event, arranged at Helen Arnold Community Learning Center, is part of the AAP’s month-long program promoting the benefits of proper helmet use.

“Bike helmet safety is an important and often overlooked way we can protect the children in our community,” said Sykes. “I’m proud to collaborate with the Ohio AAP for this cause, and I’m confident that events like this will have a real, positive impact on our youth.”

 
 

04.25.17 - Bipartisan Proposal To Establish Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Clears Ohio House

 

State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the unanimous passage of House Bill 94, her bipartisan legislation to establish February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in Ohio. Joint-sponsored by Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek), the bill will help raise awareness regarding teen dating violence in hopes of stopping abuse before it starts and helping victims reach safety from their abuser.   

“When left unchecked, dating violence among teens often escalates and leads to dating violence among young adults, perpetuating the cycle of violence for a lifetime,” said Sykes. “Ending and preventing violent relationships will improve the lives of young women and men as they enter adulthood by helping them recognize what it means to be in a healthy, loving relationship.” 

 
 

04.11.17 - Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Presents Proclamation To Martin Luther King, III

 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) today presented a proclamation to Martin Luther King, III at the Ohio Civil Rights Symposium for advocating for human rights and his involvement in significant policy initiatives for equitable treatment.

“I am pleased to recognize Mr. King’s achievements with my fellow legislative colleagues,” said Sykes. “His consistent message and proposed policy initiatives that promote nonviolent social change are fundamental to breaking down racial barriers. I greatly admire his dedication and hope to carry his message of equal opportunity for all to the legislature.”

 
 
 
 

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HB 1HB 94    

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HR 73HR 111    
 
 
 
 

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