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. Two years later, Sykes was elected by her colleagues to serve in leadership as the assistant minority whip. 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 a 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 understa...

 
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09.06.17 - Sykes Announces State Funding For Local Quick-response Drug Teams

 

State Reps. Emilia Sykes and Tavia Galonski today announced the release of $200,000 in state funding to better help local citizens in Summit County get the treatment they need to recover from drug addiction.

“The recovery process can be a long and difficult journey. Our drug abuse response teams are at the front lines, offering counseling, rehabilitation, and aftercare to our community members struggling with addiction,” said Sykes. “This funding will strengthen our community’s efforts to assist the people and families ravaged by the statewide opioid epidemic.”

 
 

09.01.17 - Akron Lawmakers Respond To Police Chief's Racial Slurs

 

Akron state lawmakers, Reps. Emilia Strong Sykes and Tavia Galonski, today issued the following joint statement in response to former Akron Police Chief James Nice’s use of racial slurs while in office:

“While our nation seems to be approaching a critical intersection of hateful and divisive dialogue, Nice’s language plays to this ugliness, distorting who we are as a community. We condemn Nice’s behavior in the strongest terms possible. We also urge our neighbors and constituents to look beyond one man’s failings in order to champion the good and righteous within our community. We are more than one person’s bad decisions. We are more than one man or woman’s judgement. We are Akron.”

 
 

09.01.17 - Sykes Responds To Police Chief's Racial Slurs

 

Akron state lawmakers, Reps. Emilia Strong Sykes and Tavia Galonski, today issued the following joint statement in response to former Akron Police Chief James Nice’s use of racial slurs while in office:

“While our nation seems to be approaching a critical intersection of hateful and divisive dialogue, Nice’s language plays to this ugliness, distorting who we are as a community. We condemn Nice’s behavior in the strongest terms possible. We also urge our neighbors and constituents to look beyond one man’s failings in order to champion the good and righteous within our community. We are more than one person’s bad decisions. We are more than one man or woman’s judgement. We are Akron.”

 
 

08.01.17 - Tax-free Shopping This Weekend Seeks To Give Families Much-needed Break

 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today reminds families about Ohio’s third sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 4-6. The tax-free holiday runs Friday through Sunday and covers many back-to-school items, including clothing, school supplies and instructional materials.

“The tax-free holiday weekend allows for some relief for the many families that have started preparing for their kids to go back to school this fall,” said Sykes. “The small dollar amount saved during the tax-free holiday may not seem like much, but a little can go a long way for Ohio’s working middle class families that are trying to makes ends meet.”

 
 
 

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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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Leadership Position : Assistant Minority Whip
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Party : Democrat
Current Term : Eligible to run for another term