Leader Strahorn during opening ceremonies of the 131st General Assembly
Leader Strahorn during opening ceremonies of the 131st General Assembly
 Rep. Strahorn addresses members of the Beautillion Millitaire
Rep. Strahorn addresses members of the Beautillion Millitaire
 Leader Strahorn sworn in as new Minority Leader in the 131st General Assembly
Leader Strahorn sworn in as new Minority Leader in the 131st General Assembly
Reps. Strahorn and Derickson
Reps. Strahorn and Derickson
 Rep. Strahorn speaks about the late House Minority Leader William Mallory as his sons look on
Rep. Strahorn speaks about the late House Minority Leader William Mallory as his sons look on
 Rep. Strahorn w/ State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers
Rep. Strahorn w/ State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers
Rep. Strahorn gives a speech during House Session
Rep. Strahorn gives a speech during House Session
 Rep. Strahorn presents a Resolution
Rep. Strahorn presents a Resolution
 Rep. Strahorn discusses HB 5
Rep. Strahorn discusses HB 5
From L to R: Reps. Winburn, Curtin, Strahorn
From L to R: Reps. Winburn, Curtin, Strahorn
 Rep. Strahorn talks with Rep. Driehaus on the House Floor
Rep. Strahorn talks with Rep. Driehaus on the House Floor
 Masonic Day at the Statehouse
Masonic Day at the Statehouse
Rep. Strahorn (left) joins Rep. Reece and other lawmakers to speak out against HB 203, which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
Rep. Strahorn (left) joins Rep. Reece and other lawmakers to speak out against HB 203, which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
 Rep. Strahorn with Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward
Rep. Strahorn with Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward
 Rep. Strahorn presents a Resolution
Rep. Strahorn presents a Resolution
Rep. Strahorn presents a resolution to Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward
Rep. Strahorn presents a resolution to Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward
 House Dems gather for a picture
House Dems gather for a picture
 Reps. Strahorn and Driehaus
Reps. Strahorn and Driehaus
Rep. Strahorn calls for an end to disenfranchising and dehumanizing voters
Rep. Strahorn calls for an end to disenfranchising and dehumanizing voters
 Rep. Strahorn Speaking on the State Budget
Rep. Strahorn Speaking on the State Budget
 Rep. Strahorn at Blairwood Elementary
Rep. Strahorn at Blairwood Elementary
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
Rep. Strahorn attends the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus' "Day of Action"
Rep. Strahorn attends the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus' "Day of Action"
 Rep. Strahorn signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
Rep. Strahorn signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
 Rep. Strahorn speaking at a Medicaid expansion press conference
Rep. Strahorn speaking at a Medicaid expansion press conference
Rep. Strahorn attends the ReStore Grand Opening
Rep. Strahorn attends the ReStore Grand Opening
 Rep. Strahorn attends a Women's Rights event
Rep. Strahorn attends a Women's Rights event
 Rep. Strahorn attends a Habitat for Humanity event
Rep. Strahorn attends a Habitat for Humanity event
Reps. Celebrezze, Mallory, Strahorn and O'Brien
Reps. Celebrezze, Mallory, Strahorn and O'Brien
 Reps. Strahorn and Winburn welcome a DLI fellow to the Statehouse
Reps. Strahorn and Winburn welcome a DLI fellow to the Statehouse
 Rep. Strahorn presents a Resolution to Montgomery County Auditor of the Year Karl Keith
Rep. Strahorn presents a Resolution to Montgomery County Auditor of the Year Karl Keith
Reps. Strahorn and Winburn honor Montgomery County Auditor of the Year Karl Keith
Reps. Strahorn and Winburn honor Montgomery County Auditor of the Year Karl Keith
 Rep. Strahorn honors Montgomery County Auditor of the Year Karl Keith
Rep. Strahorn honors Montgomery County Auditor of the Year Karl Keith
 Rep. Strahorn speaks out against the Budget Bill that hurts thousands of middle class and working class Ohioans
Rep. Strahorn speaks out against the Budget Bill that hurts thousands of middle class and working class Ohioans
Reps. Strahorn and Winburn
Reps. Strahorn and Winburn
 Rep. Strahorn during House Session
Rep. Strahorn during House Session
 Press Conference on the Contested Election of HD 98
Press Conference on the Contested Election of HD 98
Press Conference on the Contested Election of HD 98
Press Conference on the Contested Election of HD 98
 House Session
House Session
 Rep. Strahorn speaks out against HB 203 which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
Rep. Strahorn speaks out against HB 203 which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
Rep. Strahorn presents sponsor testimony to the House Education Committee
Rep. Strahorn presents sponsor testimony to the House Education Committee
 Rep. Strahorn addresses members of the Beautillion Millitaire
Rep. Strahorn addresses members of the Beautillion Millitaire
 Leader Strahorn addresses the House during opening session of the 131st General Assembly
Leader Strahorn addresses the House during opening session of the 131st General Assembly
 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn returned to the Ohio House in 2013, after serving as State Senator for the 5th district from 2009 to 2011 and Senior Political Advisor to the Ohio Democratic party from 2011 to 2013.

He previously served citizens of the greater Dayton area as state representative from 2001 to 2008, including two years as House Minority Whip, before term limits prevented him from seeking reelection.

 
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02.25.15 - What Democratic Lawmakers Are Saying About The State Of The State

 

Tuesday night, House lawmakers listened to Governor Kasich lay out his priorities and recap some past policies during his State of the State address in Wilmington.Here is what House lawmakers are saying about the Governor’s State of the State address:

"The trickle-down economic policies that the Governor proposes shift the responsibility of paying for schools, roads and bridges and community services to middle-class families and those that can least afford it. This kind of tax shifting does not create economic growth…We need to invest in what matters to every day Ohioans." – Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati)

“What his proposals actually do is shift the costs of running our state to the poor and middle class in order to provide yet another upper class tax cut, which as yet hasn't provided the growth in both jobs and income that we desperately need...” – Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain)

“At this critical juncture, we must invest in Ohio's students and infrastructure in order to fully ramp up our employment capabilities as we prepare for global economic challenges. This budget makes it even more difficult to effectively educate our students.” – Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson)

“This [budget] proposal is a continuation of the ever increasing burden being placed on our local communities to provide the services their citizens expect with less and less support from the State, which inevitably leads to rising tax rates at the local level.”   -- Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake)

“The Governor's remarks this evening were out of touch with the realities of everyday Ohioans. With 16 percent of Ohioans living in poverty and middle class families' wages stagnating, Governor Kasich wants to shift the burden of restoring our state's economy on to the shoulders of those struggling to make ends meet by raising the sales tax.” – Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent)

 
 

12.05.14 - Rep. Strahorn Cautiously Optimistic On Redistricting Reform

 

State Rep. and Democratic Leader-elect Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) issued the following statement Thursday in response to the Ohio House’s passage of House Joint Resolution No. 12, a plan that would ask voters to approve changes to the constitution that would alter the way the state draws 132 state legislative districts:

 
 

11.21.14 - Rep. Strahorn Comments On October Job Numbers

 

New state jobs numbers today show Ohio’s unemployment rate ticked down over the last month, though the state only added 1,000 jobs in October. Ohio is some 110,000 jobs short of pre-recession job levels, not accounting for population growth over the same period. State Rep. and Democratic Leader-elect Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) issued the following statement in response to the report:

“It is good to see the unemployment rate tick down, but our state only added 1,000 jobs last month. It is clear we have not even scratched the surface of a full recovery in Ohio. We are still 110,000 jobs behind 2007 employment, and with population growth, the significance of our job deficit is even more staggering.

“We have to make sure we are not just looking at the number of jobs, but also the quality of jobs. We must remain committed to investing in the industries of the future and the education of workers for those jobs. Ohioans need quality jobs that help families plan for the future, send their kids to college and improve their quality of life. In the next General Assembly, this will be our focus.” 

 
 

11.18.14 - Rep. Fred Strahorn Named House Democratic Leader

 

State Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry (D-Austintown), the Dean of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, today announced the caucus has selected their new leadership team for the 131st General Assembly. State Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) was elected to the highest minority leadership position, House Democratic Leader, in a vote this evening.

Rounding out the Democratic leadership team will be Rep. Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D-Parma) serving as Assistant Democratic Leader; Rep. Kevin Boyce (D-Columbus), Democratic Whip; and Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), Assistant Democratic Whip.

“I am honored to have the support of my colleagues and constituents as we prepare for the challenges and opportunities our state faces,” said Rep. Strahorn. “In this time of rebuilding and growth, I look forward to working hard, hand in hand to improve the State of Ohio. Whether it’s the fight for good-paying jobs or investments in education, Ohioans need government that works for everyone, and we get that.”

Leader-Elect Strahorn returns to a leadership position in the House, having previously served as House Democratic Whip in the 127th General Assembly. Strahorn, now serving his second consecutive term, was initially elected to the House in 2000 after serving as an aide in the state legislature. Following four terms as a House lawmaker, Strahorn served in the Ohio Senate for two years, completing the term of Sen. Tom Roberts.

Along with his experience in public service, Strahorn has worked in real estate, government affairs and as a political advisor in Democratic politics.

The leadership team and incoming legislators are expected to be sworn in during the first week of January at the Ohio Statehouse.

 
 
 
 

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Representative Fred Strahorn
District 39
77 S. High St
14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-1607
Fax      (614) 719-6967
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Leadership Position : Minority Leader
Hometown : Dayton
Party : Democrat
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Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Eligible to run for another term