Leaders Strahorn speaking at a news conference to push back against proposals to defund Planned Parenthood
Leaders Strahorn speaking at a news conference to push back against proposals to defund Planned Parenthood
 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
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 Minority Leader Fred Strahorn with Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus, speaking at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn with Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus, speaking at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
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 during opening ceremonies of the 131st General Assembly
Leader Strahorn during opening ceremonies 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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Representative Strahorn Serves In the Following Committees :

Rules and Reference
 
 
 
 
Minority Leader Fred Strahorn discusses the real State of Ohio with Democratic colleagues prior to the Governor's State of the State address

06.30.16 - Leader Strahorn Responds To SB 5 Resurrection

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the statement below regarding the introduction of House Bill 583, legislation to limit the rights of public employees to collectively bargain: 

“Five years ago, Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected Senate Bill (SB) 5, an attack on working families across the state that would have limited workers’ ability to speak with one voice to negotiate for fair wages and safe workplaces. 

 
 

05.04.16 - House Dems Vote Against Local Hiring Ban, Project Labor Restrictions That Send Ohio Jobs Out Of State

 

Ohio House Democratic legislators today voted against the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 152, saying legislation to ban local hiring standards and restrict project labor agreements (PLAs) for public works projectswill handcuff decision-making authority of local communities and send Ohio jobs out of state.  

“Project labor agreements are a proven tool to ensure fair wages and quality work help complete projects on time and under budget. In addition, PLAs can include local hiring benchmarks that help strengthen the local economy by providing opportunities to workers from the community,” said House Minority Leader Strahorn (D-Dayton). “Undercutting existing laws will negatively affect major construction projects in the future by sewing confusion and destabilizing project bids, budgets and timelines.”  

In 2002, the Ohio Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting a public entity from requiring project labor agreements for local projects. Republicans are doubling-down on the attempt to restrict PLAs with an amendment added at the last minute to SB 152 Tuesday morning that will prohibit project labor agreements from being required on any public works projects receiving state funds.

The lawmakers also objected to provisions of SB 152 that prohibit communities from setting local hiring standards on public construction projects. Some Ohio communities use local hiring standards on publicly financed projects as a way to strengthen local workforce participation and, in turn, strengthen local economies. Urban areas typically have higher unemployment rates than the national average, making the decision to hire local even more impactful for improving the job market in urban areas.

“This is a devastating blow to local communities which have already suffered severe funding cuts from the state,” said Rep. Greta Johnson (D-Akron). “We should be encouraging local communities to hire from Ohio’s talented and plentiful workforce – not banning them from using local hiring quotas to combat unemployment and poverty and bring real investment and opportunities to their citizens.”

The Senate rejected House changes to SB 152 this afternoon, sending the bill to conference committee before a final stop at Gov. Kasich’s desk for his signature. 

Here is what Democratic lawmakers are saying about Senate Bill 152:

 

 
 

04.14.16 - Leader Strahorn Highlights Contrasting Legislative Priorities

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the following statement:

“Despite all the talk about creating a positive business climate that will create jobs and allow working people to pull themselves up by the bootstraps, the reality is that too many Ohio families are struggling under tax shifting policies that benefit the wealthiest Ohioans at the expense of the middle class.  

“Middle-income families in Ohio bring home $4,000 less than the average middle-income family in America, while 20 percent of Ohio children are living in poverty – that’s more now than during the great recession.

“Meanwhile, Ohio has the 22nd highest unemployment rate in the nation and we are 22nd in the nation for private sector job growth and 27th during the last year.

“Communities are struggling with crumbling roads and bridges, underfunded public schools and state budget cuts that force towns and villages to cut essential services like police and fire.

“Repeating the same tired policies from 2005 that cut taxes for the wealthiest Ohioans and hope that wealth magically trickles down will not chart a better path for our state.

“I believe that the legislature has the ability to improve the lives of everyday Ohioans by passing legislation that provides economic stability for working people and paves a clear path to the middle class for the next generation of Ohioans.

“Only by valuing work, putting family first through policies like paid family leave and reinvesting in our communities and infrastructure can we help build a brighter future for the next generation of Ohioans.”

In January, Democratic leaders of the House and Senate announced their “Focus on The Future” agenda; an eight-bill package Democrats say will ensure economic stability for the next generation of working people in Ohio.    

 
 

04.06.16 - Real State Of The State For Ohioans Much Different From Kasich's Rosy Claims

 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today reacted to Governor’s Kasich’s State of the State address, saying that the reality on the ground for working people does not match the rosy picture painted by the governor Wednesday night in Marietta. The Dayton lawmaker noted that the governor especially failed to address the real state of education, the economy, healthcare and drastic state cuts to communities in Ohio. 

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