Rep. Johnson speaks at Women's Lobby Day
Rep. Johnson speaks at Women's Lobby Day
 Rep. Johnson, Vice Chair of the Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus, speaking at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
Rep. Johnson, Vice Chair of the Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus, speaking at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
 Rep. Johnson is sworn in during a ceremony in Akron
Rep. Johnson is sworn in during a ceremony in Akron
Rep. Johnson speaking at new conference to push back against partisan efforts to defund Planned Parenthood
Rep. Johnson speaking at new conference to push back against partisan efforts to defund Planned Parenthood
 Rep. Johnson (center) speaks on legislation to eliminate the "Pink Tax" with Democratic colleagues
Rep. Johnson (center) speaks on legislation to eliminate the "Pink Tax" with Democratic colleagues
 Rep. Johnson greets fellow lawmaker during news conference
Rep. Johnson greets fellow lawmaker during news conference
Rep. Johnson poses with Girl Scout Troop 137 following her Akron swearing in ceremony
Rep. Johnson poses with Girl Scout Troop 137 following her Akron swearing in ceremony
 Rep. Johnson speaking with women's right advocate (left) and Rep. Boggs (right)
Rep. Johnson speaking with women's right advocate (left) and Rep. Boggs (right)
 Rep. Johnson introducing legislation to encourage publicly help corporations to support more women in leadership
Rep. Johnson introducing legislation to encourage publicly help corporations to support more women in leadership
Rep. Johnson speaking at a news conference to announce legislation to protect reproductive clinic patients and doctors from protesteing harassment
Rep. Johnson speaking at a news conference to announce legislation to protect reproductive clinic patients and doctors from protesteing harassment
 Rep. Johnson, Vice Chair of the Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus, speaking with a constituent at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
Rep. Johnson, Vice Chair of the Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus, speaking with a constituent at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
 Rep. Johnson (second from left) takes the oath of office
Rep. Johnson (second from left) takes the oath of office
Rep. Johnson speaks at community town hall in Akron
Rep. Johnson speaks at community town hall in Akron
 
 

Representative Greta Johnson represents Ohio’s 35th District.  A first term representative, Johnson looks to shake up Columbus.  A force of energy and passion, Johnson understands the issues and fights for the people in her community every day. She brings a strong voice for education, women, and criminal justice to the Statehouse.  Johnson works to ensure children in Ohio get the best education—no matter their background.  She is also a fierce advocate for women, voicing concerns over sexual assault and domestic violence.

 
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Representative Johnson, G. Serves In the Following Committees :

Criminal JusticeEducation and Career ReadinessGovernment Accountability and Oversight
 
 
 
 
Rep. Johnson speaks against the 6-week abortion ban

03.20.17 - Johnson Celebrates Akron LGBT Non-discrimination Ordinance

 

State Rep. Greta Johnson (D-Akron) today applauded Akron City Council’s introduction of a local ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Under the new ordinance, the city of Akron will expand legal protections currently available for public employees to all LGBT citizens, regardless of employer.

“I believe that no Ohioan should have to fear for their job or their access to safe housing because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Johnson. “I applaud our local elected officials for moving Akron forward and solidifying its stance against discriminatory acts. While state leaders refuse to act on this issue, our cities are stepping up to show citizens of the LGBTQ community that they are not only welcomed here, but supported.” 

 
 

03.09.17 - Rep. Johnson Condemns Swastika, Racist Message Found At Local School

 

State Rep. Greta Johnson (D-Akron) released the following statement today in response to the taping of a swastika and racial slur on a locker room door at Ellet High School:

“While Wednesday’s incident at Ellet High School is deeply troubling, I am encouraged by the response from students and community members who refuse to accept acts of hatred in our city. I support the ongoing investigation by Akron Public Schools and the Akron Police Department to not only hold those guilty of the vandalism responsible, but to demonstrate the severity of racial and ethnic intimidation. One small act of unthinkable racism is one too many, and I will continue to do everything I can in my capacity as a state representative and beyond to fight against intolerance and discrimination of all kinds.”

 
 

03.02.17 - Johnson Announces Return To Summit County Government

 

State Rep. Greta Johnson (D-Akron) today announced she will step down at the end of the month as state representative to accept a new position in the office of Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro. Johnson will be working as deputy director in the Department of Law. Johnson released the following statement regarding the transition:

“Ilene has been a mentor to me for many years and I look forward to the opportunity to be a part of her team. I am excited to join in her vision for Summit County and I will bring my skills as an attorney and an advocate for working class people to the executive’s office. 

“The move is both exciting and bittersweet. I am extremely proud of the strides I made on behalf of the thirty-fifth District, as well as the statewide relationships I established. I will miss my colleagues and staff, but I know they will continue to fight for all of Ohio’s residents.  My staff will continue to serve the people of Akron and Barberton and service will be uninterrupted as my replacement is seated. 

“It has been an honor to serve the people of the thirty-fifth District as state representative and I thank them for their confidence and support. I hope they feel that their voice was amplified at the Statehouse and that their concerns were heard and earnestly pursued. I look forward to continuing to serve them, and all residents of Summit County, in my new position.”

Johnson was elected to her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives in 2014. During her time in the legislature, she been a vocal advocate for women’s rights issues, victims’ assistance, and greater economic parity for Ohio’s workers. Johnson has received recognition for her efforts to remove spousal exemptions for rape cases, eliminate the tax on feminine hygiene products, and for her support of a statewide response to the opioid epidemic.

Prior to being elected, Johnson served as a prosecutor in the prosecutor’s offices for Mahoning County, Summit County and the City of Akron. Johnson attended the University of Akron, earning her BA in Secondary Education in 1999, MA in Higher Education Administration in 2001, and her JD in Law in 2004. She has utilized her legal background at the Statehouse as ranking member on the House Criminal Justice and House Judiciary committees.

The House Democratic Caucus is expected to publicly announce the process for selecting a replacement in the coming days.

 

 
 

02.24.17 - Democrats Look To Outlaw Marital Rape In Ohio

 

State Reps. Greta Johnson (D-Akron) and Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) today introduced legislation to eliminate spousal exemptions for sex offenses, including rape and sexual battery. Ohio is one of just 13 states which legally treat marital rape differently from other forms of rape.

“Elected officials tout the importance of making Ohio a state where people want to live and work, but feeling safe and supported by the justice system is a crucial component to that equation,” said Johnson, a former Summit County assistant prosecutor. “I am appalled that there is not a larger discussion in our state about this issue. I am deeply disappointed that none of my Republican colleagues signed on as co-sponsors to this bill – protecting victims of sexual assault and rape should have nothing to do with partisan affiliation.”

 
 
 
 

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Representative Greta Johnson
District 35
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 644-6037
Fax      (614) 719-6945
Email Representative Johnson, G.
 
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Party : Democrat
Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Eligible to run for another term