2018 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Officers and Members
2018 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Officers and Members
 Rep. Craig speaking with Rep. Kuhns at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
Rep. Craig speaking with Rep. Kuhns at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
 Rep. Craig is sworn in to the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
Rep. Craig is sworn in to the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
Rep. Craig takes oath of office with other members of the 131st General Assembly
Rep. Craig takes oath of office with other members of the 131st General Assembly
 Rep. Craig speaking during House session
Rep. Craig speaking during House session
 Rep. Craig and members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
Rep. Craig and members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus

Representative Hearcel Craig brings his strong background of public service to the Statehouse after being elected to serve constituents of the 26th House District in November 2014.

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02.23.18 - Craig: Ohio House Dems Stand With Ohio Workers, Speak Out Against GOP Anti-worker Bills


State Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) and Democratic House members from across the state today issued statements in support of the Working People’s Day of Action planned for Saturday, February 24 at the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio march comes on the heels of the introduction of six Republican-sponsored constitutional amendments to implement so-called “right to work” legislation and other workplace restrictions in the Buckeye State. 

“These so-called ‘right to work’ policies are wrong—for families, for workers and for Ohio. Instead of pushing the failed policies of the past, we should invest in commonsense ideas that grow our economy and create good-paying jobs for hardworking Ohioans.” —Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus)


10.24.17 - Craig Bill Creating Special License Plates For Military Service Passes House


State Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) today announced the unanimous House passage of House Bill (HB) 194, bipartisan legislation to establish special license plates for military service and awards.

“I am proud that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle support this legislation,” said Craig, a military veteran. “In today’s times, it’s important to remember the tremendous sacrifices our military makes to protect our safety and our liberty as Americans. We are grateful for their service, and this legislation will help honor them for everything they do in keeping our country safe.”


09.25.17 - Craig, Recorder O'Connor Tackle Fair Housing Language With Proposed Law Change


State Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) and Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor today announced new legislation to give property owners the freedom to redact discriminatory language from their online housing documents.

The proposed law change follows O’Connor’s discoveries of racially discriminating language, or restrictive covenants, expressed in thousands of property documents that historically barred African Americans, Jews and others from owning a home in some neighborhoods.

“Even though this type of discrimination is not enforceable, I want to make it clear that in Ohio, and certainly in Franklin County, we do not condone offensive or discriminatory language of any kind,” said O’Connor.

Housing discrimination referenced in these property documents has been unlawful and unenforceable since a 1948 Supreme Court ruling and the enactment of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. However, under current Ohio law, county recorders do not hold the authority to edit documents once they have been recorded, regardless of the content.

“As a military veteran and state representative, I believe that protecting our country’s fundamental values of freedom and equality are vital to ensuring a high quality of life for everyone,” said Craig. “This language undermines our strides, advancement and progress as a community and nation. Redacting it is a small, but simple step we can take to further thoughtful dialogue within our communities, while showing would-be residents and businesses that we are not stuck in shadows of our past.”

The proposed legislation would specifically allow property owners, attorneys, title companies and other agents authorized to do business in Ohio to notify their recorder’s office of a potential restrictive covenant, as well as give the recorder permission to redact a restrictive covenant from an online version of the property document. The original document will still be held for historical purposes.

“This is not an attempt to mask or hide from our past mistakes. It is imperative we preserve our history so that we can learn from such blunders and remember how far we have come,” added O’Connor. “I believe this piece of legislation strikes a balance between preserving our past and still being able to be mindful and respectful of those who are affected by such language.”

The legislation comes amidst increased public discourse about how to remember parts of our nation’s history that have been overshadowed by discrimination, hate and racism.

“I believe there is a way to balance remembering the darkest moments in our country without allowing relics of discrimination and injustice to eclipse the progress we have made by working together,” Craig added.

The proposed House bill will be assigned to a House Standing Committee, where it will wait to receive a first hearing. 


09.07.17 - Craig Tapped To Lead Dems On BRAC, Military Affairs Task Force


Amid continuing concerns of U.S. military Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC), U.S. Army veteran and state Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) announced today he will serve as the lone Democratic legislator on the newly-created Ohio BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force.

“Military infrastructure isn’t just critical to national defense, but also to economic development, innovation and jobs in our state,” said Craig. “I am glad to be a part of this forward-looking, cooperative effort to insulate our state from missing out on new defense opportunities.”


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Representative Hearcel F. Craig
District 26
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-8010
Fax      (614) 719-3580
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Hometown : Columbus
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Eligible to run for another term