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 and members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
Rep. Craig and members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
 Rep. Craig is sworn in to the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
Rep. Craig is sworn in to the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus
Rep. Craig speaking during House session
Rep. Craig speaking during House session
 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
 
 

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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05.02.17 - Craig: Ohio House Pushes Unfinished, Unbalanced State Budget Off On Senate

 

Before new state economic indicators come out Thursday, the Ohio House today passed a version of the state’s two-year budget, House Bill (HB) 49, that remains hundreds of millions of dollars out of balance, if not more. The vote comes a little more than two weeks after Gov. Kasich and GOP legislative leaders announced they would need to cut close to $1 billion from the bill to maintain a stable, balanced budget. Still, the final version of House Bill 49 approved largely along party lines today fell over $400 million short of being a balanced budget bill by that standard. 

Democratic members argued that passing an unbalanced budget not only violated their constitutional oath, but was fiscally irresponsible and would jeopardize Ohio’s already weak economy. Democratic lawmakers also offered several amendments on the House floor, including proposals to provide $500 million in real funding increases for opioid addiction treatment.

“I believe the statewide opioid epidemic is one of the greatest challenges facing our state, and treatment providers, law enforcement and – most of all – families are looking to their elected officials to show leadership on this issue,”said Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus). “Unfortunately, Ohioans cannot count on the opioid-related money in this budget actually reaching their communities because more budget cuts must be made after House Republicans failed to craft a balanced, fiscally responsible budget. Moving forward, I hope state leaders will finally recognize the opioid epidemic for the statewide emergency that it is and invest real money toward helping those struggling with addiction.”

 
 

04.11.17 - Craig Comments On Video Showing Police Officer Stomp Restrained Suspect's Head

 

State Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) today commented on a recently-posted video that shows a Columbus city police officer stomping on the head of a restrained suspect:  

“The extreme behavior captured on bystander video is totally irresponsible and unacceptable, and does not reflect the values of the vast majority of Columbus police officers dedicated to protecting our community. 

 
 

02.10.17 - Ohio AMVETS Names Craig Legislator Of The Year

 

State Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) was recognized as a Legislator of the Year by the Ohio AMVETS in a ceremony during their Mid-Winter Conference this weekend in Columbus. Each year, the historic organization honors elected officials whose efforts protect and enhance the rights of our military servicemen and women.

“I am honored to be recognized by a group that fights every day for our veterans and military families,” Craig said. “Our uniformed men and women sacrifice so much to protect the freedoms we hold dear, and it is important that we continue to honor their dignity and service in return.”

 
 

02.03.17 - Craig Expresses Support For Efforts To Fight Against Human Trafficking

 

State Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) applauded the awareness raised by this week’s eighth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse. The event, organized by state Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), 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.

“Human trafficking isn’t a problem from centuries ago or that happens only in far off lands – it affects thousands of vulnerable Ohioans today in communities across the state,” said Craig, who gave the invocation at the event. “For this reason, Human Trafficking Awareness Day is so vital to our continued efforts to raise awareness and develop strategies to finally bring an end to modern day slavery.”  

 
 
 
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 : Expires December 2018 / Eligible to run for another term