Rep. Smith with Rep. Boggs during a news conference to announce a plan to stabilize 31 fiscally distressed communities across Ohio
Rep. Smith with Rep. Boggs during a news conference to announce a plan to stabilize 31 fiscally distressed communities across Ohio
 Rep. Smith with Rep. Boyd announcing a proposal to establish an equal pay hotline as a new resource to fight pay discrimination in Ohio
Rep. Smith with Rep. Boyd announcing a proposal to establish an equal pay hotline as a new resource to fight pay discrimination in Ohio
 Rep. Smith speaking during House session
Rep. Smith speaking during House session
Rep. Smith presenting resolution to Beechwood girls 4x200 indoor track team for their state championship
Rep. Smith presenting resolution to Beechwood girls 4x200 indoor track team for their state championship
 Rep. Smith speaking during news conference announcing Democratic lawmaker's 2016 economic agenda to focus on the future
Rep. Smith speaking during news conference announcing Democratic lawmaker's 2016 economic agenda to focus on the future
 Rep. Smith introducing OhioSounds legislation to grow Ohio's music industry
Rep. Smith introducing OhioSounds legislation to grow Ohio's music industry
Rep. Smith after taking oath of office
Rep. Smith after taking oath of office
 Rep. Smith takes oath for 131st General Assembly
Rep. Smith takes oath for 131st General Assembly
 Rep. Smith speaking with constituent at women's access to healthcare news conference
Rep. Smith speaking with constituent at women's access to healthcare news conference
Rep. Smith with Democratic colleagues and NARAL at pro-choice press conference
Rep. Smith with Democratic colleagues and NARAL at pro-choice press conference
 
 

State Rep. Kent Smith was recently elected to serve the people of the 8th Ohio House District after serving Euclid, Ohio as an award winning Member of the Euclid Board of Education from 2002 – 2013. He is a 4-time winner of the “Award of Achievement” which is awarded annually to less than 3% of all School Board Members in Ohio. He was first elected to school board in 2001 and was re-elected in 2005 and 2009. In his 12 years on the Euclid School Board, Kent never missed a meeting.

 
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09.14.16 - Dem Lawmakers Call For End To Outsized Corporate Influence On Democracy

 

State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid), Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and state Sen. Mike Skindell (D-Lakewood) joined local advocates and elected officials today in South Euclid, Ohio to highlight pending legislation that calls for amending the U.S. Constitution and eliminate First Amendment protections for corporate personhood, abolishing the notion that money is equated to speech. The lawmakers are introducing a statewide resolution in the Ohio legislature to support the proposed federal amendment.

“It goes without saying that when the founding fathers wrote the First Amendment they were concerned with the rights of John Doe the individual, not John Doe’s private investment company,” said Smith. “When money is considered speech, those who have the most money have the most speech. This contradicts the basic cornerstone philosophy of American democracy of one person, one vote.”

 
 

08.11.16 - Rep. Smith Joins State Lawmakers, Environmental Advocates At Recent NCEL Forum

 

State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) recently joined more than 100 state legislators from 32 states and both major political parties to learn about emerging environmental issues at the 2016 National Issues Forum hosted by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). The event promoted collaboration between state legislators and provided essential educational resources regarding the pressing environmental and conservation issues currently facing the country.

 
 

07.28.16 - State Continues To Stockpile Millions While Keeping 31 Communities In Fiscal Distress

 

State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today criticized the state’s recent decision to stockpile Ohio’s Rainy Day budget surplus fund with an extra $30 million instead of sending the money back to 31 local communities listed in fiscal distress by the state. Reps. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and Smith this year introduced House Bill (HB) 508 to lift 31 communities listed in fiscal distress by the state, a measure that would require just under $30 million. 

“This latest addition to the state’s massive surplus highlights the Kasich administration’s arrogance by showing they simply doesn’t understand or care what it’s like on the ground in local communities throughout our state like Clarksville, East Cleveland and Galion,” said Smith. “The fact is the administration continues to withhold critical tax revenue generated in these local communities by stockpiling some bank account in Columbus. Meanwhile, locals are forced to raise taxes, cut essential services or let infrastructure crumble. It is hypocritical that the Rainy Day fund was built on the backs of our communities, but even more so now that The Administration continues to withhold needed revenues from the cities, towns and villages that make up our state.”

 
 

07.13.16 - Lawmakers Push Equal Pay Hotline As New Resource To Fight Pay Discrimination

 

State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today announced a new proposal to fight pay discrimination in Ohio by establishing a toll-free equal pay hotline, an easily accessible, anonymous resource for Ohio workers to report wage discrimination and gather more information to find out if they could be victims of pay discrimination. 

 
 
 

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Representative Kent Smith
District 8
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-5441
Fax      (614) 719-0008
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Hometown : Euclid
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Eligible to run for another term