Rep. Sykes speaking at the bill signing for her bipartisan legislation, House Bill 1, which expands protections for domestic violence victims.
Rep. Sykes speaking at the bill signing for her bipartisan legislation, House Bill 1, which expands protections for domestic violence victims.
 Rep. Sykes with Governor Kasich signing House Bill 1 into law, legislation to modernize Ohio's domestic violence laws
Rep. Sykes with Governor Kasich signing House Bill 1 into law, legislation to modernize Ohio's domestic violence laws
 Rep. Sykes at the Working People's Day of Action Rally
Rep. Sykes at the Working People's Day of Action Rally
2018 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Officers and Members
2018 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Officers and Members
 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 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 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 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
 
 

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. Sykes also serves in House Democratic leadership as the minority whip, a position to which she was elected by her colleagues.

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. R...

 
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10.19.18 - Sykes Kicks Off Safe Sleep Awareness Month With Local Hospitals

 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today kicked off Safe Sleep Awareness Month with visits to Akron Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General and Summa Health Systems Akron Campus to drop off onesies and discuss safe sleep practices with new mothers.  

 
 

10.12.18 - Sykes Observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today recognized the month of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Now in its 31st year of recognition, Domestic Violence Awareness Month honors those who lost their lives to domestic violence, celebrates survivors, and connects advocates who work to end domestic violence. Sykes dedicated much of her work in the legislature to address Ohio’s domestic violence concerns by updating and modernizing Ohio’s domestic violence laws through bipartisan legislation.

“With the passage of House Bill 1, victims in violent dating relationships will now have life-saving protections under Ohio law,” said Sykes. “It is vitally important we continue raising awareness for victims of domestic violence and continue thinking of how we as elected officials and as members of our communities can make an impact.”

 
 

10.02.18 - New Funds Through HB 318 Aims To Increase Safety In Akron-area Schools

 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the release of $177,716.05 in state funds to improve school safety in the 34th House District. Under House Bill (HB) 318, a bipartisan effort sparked by increased gun violence on school grounds, all of Ohio's public schools, private schools, and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities will receive additional funding to employ and develop standards for school resource officers.

In addition to the funding included under HB 318, the Ohio Attorney General’s office will provide active-shooter training curriculum to educators, as well as guidelines for emergency safety planning.

“It is impossible for students to grow and thrive if they feel under attack,” said Sykes. “By increasing school security measures and setting clear guidelines in place, I hope we can create an environment free from threat that gives students the ability to reach their fullest potential. This new funding is truly an investment for our future.”

 
 

09.11.18 - Summit County Democratic Lawmakers Urge AG DeWine To Take Stance Against Texas Lawsuit Seeking To Dismantle Healthcare Protections

 

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), state Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and state Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) today sent a letter to Attorney General Mike DeWine urging him to join other attorneys general across the nation in denouncing the Texas lawsuit that seeks to terminate the Affordable Care Act nationwide.

“The Affordable Care Act has been instrumental in Ohio’s ability to expand Medicaid and provide private insurance options to over 157,000 Ohioans, which dramatically reduced the amount of people without insurance in Ohio,” Rep. Sykes said. “The Attorney General must act to protect Ohioans’ healthcare.”

 
 
 

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Representative Emilia Strong Sykes
District 34
77 S. High St
14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-3100
Fax      (614) 719-6944
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Leadership Position : Minority Whip
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Party : Democrat
Current Term : Eligible to run for another term