Representative Glenn W. Holmes - House District 63

12.13.18 - Holmes Applauds Passage Of Bill That Honors Local Veterans


State Rep. Glenn Holmes (D-Girard) today announced the passage of Sub. Senate Bill (SB) 86, legislation which contains a provision memorializing some of Ohio’s veterans.

“I’m proud that we were able to pass a bill that would recognize so many amazing groups and individuals in Ohio,” said Holmes. “It was important to me that we celebrate our veterans and ensure that their sacrifices were permanently cemented within our state’s history.”


12.13.18 - Dem Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Support Ohio Workers, Families Facing Mass Layoffs


Democratic State Reps. Glenn Holmes (D-Girard), Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) and Adam Miller (D-Columbus) today announced legislation to help Ohio workers, their families and local communities affected by large-scale closures and mass layoffs. The proposal comes on the heels of GM’s announced plans to shutter is Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant, which would result in the direct loss of 1,500 jobs.


11.27.18 - Holmes Responds To GM Layoff Announcement


“I was deeply saddened by the gut wrenching news GM officials provided me early this morning of GM Lordstown no longer having a product allocation. We continued to reach out to General Motors to position ourselves to be effective, productive and efficient as they were making decisions for sustainability of the Chevy Cruze and any other future product allocation for the Lordstown facility,” said state Rep. Glenn Holmes, who traveled with Rep. Mike O’Brien (D-Warren) and other Valley lawmakers to the Oct. GM meeting.

“Global industrial profit margin of the Cruze along with gas prices seemed to be paramount in their decision for non-allocation at Lordstown. The hard working men and women at GM Lordstown are the best asset GM has,” added Holmes. “Not to leverage that commodity against any other economic dynamic is a huge mistake. We will continue to press for a new product line as GM moves forward forever reminding them of the quality of this region and of the quality of our workforce.”


10.25.18 - Holmes Travels To Michigan For GM Talks


State Senator Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) and State Representatives Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) traveled to Detroit this week for talks with executives at General Motors (GM) about the Lordstown plant.


09.25.18 - Holmes To Partner With Area Officials, State Agencies On Local Business Development Day


State Rep. Glenn Holmes (D-Girard) today announced he is partnering with area officials and state agencies to host a business development day for area businesses on Friday, Oct. 19 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The event will focus on the state’s certification programs that help grow minority, female and veteran-led businesses. 


09.14.18 - Judge's Ruling Secures TJX Distribution Center For Lordstown


State Rep. Glenn Holmes (D-Girard) today claimed victory for Lordstown as Trumbull County Judge Peter Kontos denied an injunction that would have prevented the construction of the TJX HomeGoods distribution center. The ruling came after an injunction filed by Lordstown residents following a rezoning vote in which the vast majority of residents approved the distribution center.  

“The ruling from Judge Kontos was a clear and concise message that the amendment in House Bill 292 was indeed constitutional,” said Holmes. “This has truly been a rewarding process, as my focus has always been on benefiting the lives of my constituents.”


08.30.18 - Rep. Holmes Announces The Introduction Of Injection Well Legislation


In an effort to protect the public, State Rep. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) introduced legislation this week that would limit the number of injection wells a county can have.  House Bill (HB) 723 would cap the number of injection well permits the Chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management issues at 23 per county.  


08.29.18 - Holmes Lauds Bridge Dedication To Slain Police Officer


State Rep. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) today released a statement concerning the renaming of the Girard-McDonald Viaduct to the Officer Justin Leo Memorial Bridge: 


08.22.18 - Northeast Ohio Lawmakers Celebrate Successful Lordstown TJX Vote


State Rep. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard), state Rep. Mike O’Brien (D-Warren) & state Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) celebrated the successful rezoning of the 290 acre site where TJX Homegoods plans to build their new distribution center. Lordstown held a referendum vote on the issue on Tuesday after those opposed to the project secured the requisite number of signatures to get it on the ballot. With a majority of voters voting in favor of rezoning, TJX will be able to begin construction on time.   

“It was great to see the Valley in action throughout this process, but especially yesterday,” said Rep. Holmes (D-Girard). “This is a huge victory for Lordstown and federal, state, and local legislators who all worked together on this project to bring good paying jobs to the Valley. I’d like to express my sincerest appreciation to the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber for their support in this process”


08.15.18 - Holmes: Mahoning Valley Lawmakers Respond To Northside Regional Medical Center Closing


State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Glenn Holmes (D-Girard) today responded to the recent announcement that the Northside Regional Medical Center, owned and operated by Steward Health Care, will cease operations on September 20. 


07.02.18 - Holmes Urges GM To Reinvest In The Region


Regional lawmakers state Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Glenn Holmes (D-Girard), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Michael O’Brien (D-Warren), Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Sen. Sean O’Brien (D- Bazetta) today sent a letter* to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors Company (GM), expressing disappointment and concern in light of the recent layoffs of second shift employees at its Lordstown Assembly plant.

“The Valley wants to continue to support GM. As this great American company evolves to meet the demands of the future, the workers at Lordstown want to evolve with the company they have devoted themselves to,” wrote the lawmakers. “There is a will to double down and train the current workforce for the jobs of tomorrow. Our workers and our communities want to continue to be a partner in a mutually beneficial relationship with GM.”

The second shift cut comes after the company cut the plant’s third shift in January 2017. In addition to the elimination of the two shifts, hundreds of workers across the supply chain have been laid off. A total of 2,700 well-paying jobs have been lost. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has been an outspoken advocate for Ohio GM jobs, calling on the company to invest in Ohio and to invest in Lordstown.

“We have people in our districts who want to go back to work and continue making a living for their families with pride and dignity. We hope GM will continue to invest in the Mahoning Valley, just as our state and our communities have invested in your company,” the lawmakers continued. “We urge you to reconsider your decision to reduce opportunities in Lordstown and throughout Ohio and instead utilize the current Lordstown location and collaborate with our creative and committed Valley workers to create a vision for the GM of tomorrow.”

The Lordstown plant has been an integral part of the Youngstown area for 52 years, with unwavering support from the Valley community.


06.27.18 - Holmes: Mahoning Valley Democrats Celebrate Passage Of House Bills 211 & 500


Regional lawmakers State Reps. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today supported legislation they believe will positively impact the Mahoning Valley Townships. The two bills, House Bills (HB) 211 and 500, passed the House, with HB 211 requiring licensure for home inspectors and HB 500 making changes to township laws in Ohio.


06.27.18 - Holmes: House Passes Councils Of Government Revisions In Senate Bill 239


State Rep. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) today announced the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 230, legislation that would modify laws concerning regional councils of government (COG) by making changes to how they are regulated throughout the state, subjecting COG members to the Ethics Law and requiring that they register with the Auditor of State.  


06.07.18 - Holmes: Bill To Modify Residence Test For Income Tax Purposes Passes House


State Rep. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) celebrated the passage of House Bill (HB) 292 today, which would bring a distribution center from TJX/Homegoods. The House concurred with the Senate’s version of the bill today, allowing it to move to the Governor’s desk. An amendment in the bill presented in the Senate moves a potential vote required to secure approval for the project from November 2018 to August 2018. 

“Congressman Ryan acted as the coach,” said Holmes, “Senator O’Brien was the quarterback and I caught the pass to shepherd it through the House. Teamwork prevailed to benefit the entire region. This was truly an exercise in diplomacy and consensus building, making sure there was a speaker and the process was not obstructed for political purposes.” 


06.07.18 - Holmes: House Passes Crucial Consumer Protections In House Bill 123


State Reps. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) and Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 123, a bill that would reform Ohio’s payday lending industry by adding commonsense consumer protections for the thousands of Ohioans who take out short-term loans each day.


06.06.18 - Holmes: After Some Two Months, Ohio House Expected To Resume Session Under Narrowly-elected Speaker


After nearly two months of a Republican-led legislative impasse, the Ohio House is expected to resume legislative activity following today’s narrow, marathon election of new House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell). Chaos and dysfunction have plagued the legislature since the abrupt resignation of former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), after he announced he was under FBI inquiry in April. Federal agents have since raided Rosenberger’s home, his state office and storage shed, as rumors of pay-to-play tactics on payday lending reform legislation continue to churn.


05.23.18 - Holmes: Democrats Respond To Republican Shutdown Of State Government


State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today are calling for action as the People’s work in the legislature has come to a grinding halt. 


05.04.18 - Holmes Responds To Potential TJX HomeGoods Expansion Project In Lordstown


State Rep. Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) today released the following statement regarding TJX HomeGood’s decision in considering Lordstown, Ohio as their frontrunner for a new distribution center, which is excepted to bring at least 1,000 jobs to the region:

“I am happy to hear that our community is the top choice for a new distribution center that will create good paying jobs for our local residents,” said Holmes. “It’s been a collaborative effort as our entire community has been pushing for TJX to keep Northeast Ohio on their radar. I want to thank the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber, our County Commissioners, Congressman Tim Ryan and my legislative colleagues Rep. Mike O’Brien and Sen. Sean O’Brien for their encouragement and positivity in keeping this important issue alive. We anticipate this project would bring economic growth and opportunity for many in our community, and I look forward to hearing the final decision soon.”


04.05.18 - Reps. Holmes, O'Brien Introduce Bill To Increase Funding To Local Communities


State Reps. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) and Mike O’Brien (D-Warren) today announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 578, which would reallocate to local governments nearly 40 percent of fees paid by outside companies to store fracking wastewater in Ohio injection wells. 


04.04.18 - Holmes Remembers The Legacy Of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


State Rep. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) today is reflecting on the life and work of the American civil rights leader during the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Preparing to support a sanitation workers’ strike, Dr. King was fatally shot at the Lorraine Motel located in Memphis, Tennessee. Most known for his I Have a Dream speech and Letter from Birmingham Jail, King was also the founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). 


03.07.18 - Mahoning Valley Lawmakers Announce $30 Million For Local Community Projects


State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Mike O’Brien (D-Warren), Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 529, the state’s biennial capital budget bill. HB 529 makes a $2.6 billion investment in Ohio communities with over $600 million for K-12 schools and $480 million for universities, $350 million for local infrastructure projects through the Public Works Commission and $147 million for local community projects. 


02.06.18 - Holmes: Bipartisan Redistricting Reform Clears Last Legislative Hurdle Before Voters Have Final Say In May


Following months of negotiation, the Ohio House today passed Senate Joint Resolution 5, bipartisan legislation that puts a constitutional amendment before voters in May to restrict congressional gerrymandering in the state. 

“This resolution speaks to the legislature’s ability to come together and do what’s right, even in this highly stratified political environment,” said state Rep. Glenn Holmes (D-Girard). “I am confident that the deliberative process that gave us this compromise will result in better representation for all of Ohio’s citizens.”


01.18.18 - Rep. Glenn Holmes Statement On Extradition Of Claudia Hoerig


State Rep. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) today released a statement following news that Claudia Hoerig, accused of killing her husband, Major Karl Hoerig, and fleeing to Brazil in March 2007, was extradited to the United States late Wednesday, ending a decade-long effort by U.S. authorities to secure her release from Brazilian custody. Hoerig’s release comes on the heels of the Ohio House’s approval of Holmes’s House Concurrent Resolution 9, which urged Brazil to deliver Ms. Hoerig to the U.S. to stand trial.


07.06.17 - Holmes: GOP Bill To Weaken Concealed Carry Protections Puts Public Safety In The Crosshairs


In a political effort to hamstring Ohio House Democratic lawmakers in a pro-gun, anti-gun debate today on the House floor, Republicans brought forward House Bill (HB) 233 for a vote, legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to knowingly bring guns or deadly weapons into daycares, schools, airports, bars and other restricted spaces, so long as the permit holder leaves when asked to do so. Individuals who refuse to leave or return to the same business while carrying a prohibited weapon within 30 days will be subject to a fourth degree misdemeanor.

“Current law already addresses the rare mistake that gun owners may unknowingly bring their weapons into gun-free zones,” said Rep. Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald). “This bill goes too far in relaxing the responsibilities of concealed carry permit holders with the confidence that, should they be caught, there will be little to no consequence as a result of their actions. As a concealed carry license holder myself, I believe this law undermines the culture of personal responsibility that many gun owners I know, myself included, strive every day to promote.”


06.08.17 - Holmes Tapped To Lead State And Local Government Committee For House Dems


State Rep. Glenn W. Holmes (D-McDonald) this week was selected to serve as the top Democratic member of the House State and Local Government Committee.

“Having served for well over a decade as a chair of various regional planning organizations, city councilperson, and then as the mayor of McDonald, I feel well-prepared to take on this leadership role on the State and Local Government Committee,” said Holmes. “I look forward to sharing my knowledge and expertise with my fellow committee members in my new capacity as ranking member.”


05.10.17 - GOP To Firefighters Suffering From Cancer: "It's Your Fault"


Democratic members of the House Insurance Committee today expressed outrage regarding the latest version of the state workers’ compensation budget, House Bill 27, which adds new barriers to firefighters and their families seeking state assistance for work-related injuries, illnesses and death.

Today’s proposed restrictions follow the House’s December 2016 passage of extended workers’ compensation protections for firefighters who developed cancer as a result of work conditions. The bill creates a condition in which courts presumes the firefighter didn't wear their protective gear correctly, resulting in the medical condition or cancer. 

“This is a direct attack on our first responders, who put themselves in harm’s way every day to save lives,” said the lead Democrat on the House Insurance Committee, state Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland). “It is horrifying to think that some Republican lawmakers would make it harder for our first responders and their families to get the help they need, when they need it.”


05.02.17 - Holmes: Valley Lawmakers Vote No On Unbalanced State Budget


State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) and Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) today voted to reject House Bill 49, the $63.7 billion state budget bill, which remains hundreds of millions of dollars out of balance, if not more. Valley legislators were concerned that the budget failed to protect schools and local communities from further cuts, and included no fix for the funding counties and transit systems are slated to lose with changes to Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) taxes. 

“I am very concerned and deeply disappointed by the fact that the budget was passed out of the House today without a provision to provide financial relief to local communities that have suffered from significant state cuts,” said Rep. Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald). “I believe the failure to utilize the budget stabilization fund in the fight against the opioid epidemic presents philosophical, ideological, and even moral questions as to the sincerity with which we face this problem. The budget fails to treat the opioid crisis as the life-or-death emergency that it is for thousands of Ohioans, or prioritize it as such.”


05.01.17 - Holmes Applauds Budget Amendments To Remove Controversial Park Board Provisions, Connect Federal Installations To Research Network


State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today applauded the incorporation of two amendments affecting the Mahoning Valley into the latest version of House Bill 49, the state budget bill.  The first amendment, offered by Boccieri, expands eligibility for the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) to include all federal installations and local universities. 

“I am thrilled that the Legislature is recognizing the innovative contributions Youngstown State University, Kent State University and our federal installations are providing, and that connecting them to the state support from OFRN will only further advance Ohio,” said Boccieri. “I believe this will be a huge opportunity for our base and local universities.” 


03.01.17 - Holmes Announces Bipartisan Bill To Modernize State Domestic Violence Laws Clears Ohio House


State Reps. Glenn W. Holmes (D-McDonald) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today announced the recent House passage of House Bill (HB) 1, a bipartisan legislation to modernize Ohio’s domestic violence laws. Joint-sponsored by Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and Rep. Nathan Manning (R-N. Ridgeville), HB 1 will allow victims of dating violence to obtain civil protective orders against their attacker, a protection currently allowed in every state except Ohio and Georgia.

“As a father and a grandfather, I am glad to see the legislature modernize our domestic violence laws,” said Holmes. “Violence against women cannot be tolerated, and the perpetrator should always be held accountable. I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation that will protect thousands of vulnerable Ohioans.”


02.22.17 - Valley Lawmakers, Mahoning County Commissioners Team Up To Fight State Budget Cuts


State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) and Mike O’Brien (D-Warren) this morning hosted all three Mahoning County commissioners for a meeting with House Finance Committee Chairman Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton). 

Commissioners David C. Ditzler, Carol Rimedio-Righetti and Anthony Traficanti traveled to Columbus to voice their concerns regarding the negative local impact of Gov. John Kasich’s proposed fix to the Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax formula.  

“I’m pleased our delegation’s meeting request to the budget chairmen was granted, and that our commissioners had the opportunity to express their concerns about local revenue loss,” said Boccieri. “The chairmen demonstrated that the legislature is still open to listening to local officials who are on the frontlines and can provide essential perspectives on what will keep our local communities strong and transportation systems running.” 


02.02.17 - Holmes Expresses Support For Efforts To Fight Against Human Trafficking


State Rep. Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) applauded the awareness raised by today’s eighth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse. The event brought together law enforcement officials, advocates and survivors from all over the nation for a day of discussion on ways to raise awareness and fight back against human trafficking in Ohio.

“I applaud my fellow legislators for their time and dedication on this important and pressing humanitarian issue,” said Holmes. “Although we have made great strides to expand awareness and increase treatment options for victims, modern day slavery still affects thousands of Ohioans every day. I’m confident in our ability not only as a state, but as a nation to continue this fight together to help as many victims as possible reach safety.”


01.23.17 - Valley Legislators Pen Letter To Governor: 'Cuts To Revenue Share Are Devastating'


State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) last week wrote a letter to Gov. John Kasich urging him to preserve the revenue local governments and public transit systems receive from the Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have given Ohio a deadline of June 30, 2017 to remedy its MCO tax structure so that it complies with CMS policy, but any changes may threaten the millions of dollars local communities currently receive from the tax. 

“As a former mayor, I know that communities across Ohio depend on MCO tax revenue to keep their public transportation networks, local infrastructure projects and police and fire departments afloat,” said Holmes. “I’m looking forward to working with the governor and my colleagues in the legislature to find a replacement revenue stream, as further cutbacks to these vital services are unacceptable.”


01.04.17 - Holmes Sworn In As State Representative


Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) was officially sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives Tuesday as state representative of the 63rd House District. Holmes, elected to his first House term in November, will serve the people of Trumbull County in, but not limited to, Hubbard, Lordstown, Niles, Girard, Cortland and Newton Falls.

“I am honored to join the state legislature, and I am committed to being an effective voice for the people of the sixty-third district,” said Holmes. “I believe that through God, community, and country all things are possible. I look forward to working in a bipartisan way to ensure all Ohioans have the opportunity for a high quality of life in a state they are proud to call home.”

Holmes served his community as Mayor of McDonald for the past nine years, and as McDonald Village councilman prior. During his leadership as Mayor, Holmes was able to save the village millions in healthcare costs while providing working people with quality care, resulting in a $2 million budget surplus. The village was also able to maintain investments in essential services while enhancing the local community with the addition of a new community center and summer splash park for children and families.

Holmes believes cooperation is key to building new relationships and getting things done. He is a devoted husband and proud father of three adult children and grandfather of four.



01.04.17 - Glenn Holmes Sworn In As State Representative


Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) was officially sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives Tuesday as state representative of the 63rd House District. Holmes, elected to his first House term in November, will serve the people of Trumbull County in, but not limited to, Hubbard, Lordstown, Niles, Girard, Cortland and Newton Falls.

“I am honored to join the state legislature, and I am committed to being an effective voice for the people of the sixty-third district,” said Holmes. “I believe that through God, community, and country all things are possible. I look forward to working in a bipartisan way to ensure all Ohioans have the opportunity for a high quality of life in a state they are proud to call home.”