Rep. Smith speaks at a press conference announcing additional funding in the Ohio state budget for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force
Rep. Smith speaks at a press conference announcing additional funding in the Ohio state budget for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force
 Rep. Smith speaks on the House floor in opposition to HB 6, controversial legislation to subsidize Ohio's nuclear plants
Rep. Smith speaks on the House floor in opposition to HB 6, controversial legislation to subsidize Ohio's nuclear plants
 Rep. Smith, K. speaks in front of the Transportation & Public Safety Committee in support of his legislation to  establish an Electric Vehicle Study Committee
Rep. Smith, K. speaks in front of the Transportation & Public Safety Committee in support of his legislation to establish an Electric Vehicle Study Committee
Rep. Smith meets with attendees of the OSBA Board Leadership Institute
Rep. Smith meets with attendees of the OSBA Board Leadership Institute
 Rep. Smith delivers the keynote speech at the OSBA Board Leadership Institute
Rep. Smith delivers the keynote speech at the OSBA Board Leadership Institute
 Rep. Smith speaks during session in favor of HB 154, bipartisan legislation to end school takeovers and restore local control
Rep. Smith speaks during session in favor of HB 154, bipartisan legislation to end school takeovers and restore local control
Rep. Smith speaks on the House floor in opposition to a near-total abortion ban that would prohibit abortions in Ohio long before most women know they are pregnant
Rep. Smith speaks on the House floor in opposition to a near-total abortion ban that would prohibit abortions in Ohio long before most women know they are pregnant
 Rep. Smith talks with House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) before House Session
Rep. Smith talks with House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) before House Session
 Rep. Smith signs onto the Ohio Promise, a blueprint to renew the Buckeye State's promise of better jobs and brighter futures
Rep. Smith signs onto the Ohio Promise, a blueprint to renew the Buckeye State's promise of better jobs and brighter futures
Minority Whip Kent Smith pictured alongside the rest of the House Democratic Leadership Team for the 133rd General Assembly (from left to right: Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs, Minority Whip Kent Smith, Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes, and Assistant Minority Whip Paula Hicks-Hudson)
Minority Whip Kent Smith pictured alongside the rest of the House Democratic Leadership Team for the 133rd General Assembly (from left to right: Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs, Minority Whip Kent Smith, Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes, and Assistant Minority Whip Paula Hicks-Hudson)
 Rep. Smith presenting a House Resolution to the Beachwood Girls' Track and Field Team
Rep. Smith presenting a House Resolution to the Beachwood Girls' Track and Field Team
 Rep. Smith after presenting a House Resolution to the Beachwood Girls' Track and Field Team
Rep. Smith after presenting a House Resolution to the Beachwood Girls' Track and Field Team
Rep. Smith speaking at a press conference with Rep. Kelly, the Center for American Progress and Policy Matters Ohio to discuss new employee overtime wage protection legislation for all Ohioans
Rep. Smith speaking at a press conference with Rep. Kelly, the Center for American Progress and Policy Matters Ohio to discuss new employee overtime wage protection legislation for all Ohioans
 Rep. Smith speaking on the House floor
Rep. Smith speaking on the House floor
 Rep. Smith with Euclid's Mayor, Kirsten Holzheimer, at an event with the Ohio Mayors Alliance
Rep. Smith with Euclid's Mayor, Kirsten Holzheimer, at an event with the Ohio Mayors Alliance
Rep. Smith speaking on the House floor during session
Rep. Smith speaking on the House floor during session
 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 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 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 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 with Democratic colleagues and NARAL at pro-choice press conference
Rep. Smith with Democratic colleagues and NARAL at pro-choice press conference
 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
 
 

State Rep. Kent Smith was first elected to serve the people of the 8th Ohio House District in 2014 and was re-elected in 2016 and 2018. He joined the Ohio House of Representatives after serving Euclid, Ohio as a Member of the Euclid Board of Education from 2002 – 2013. In his 12 years on the Euclid School Board, Kent never missed a meeting.  As a Euclid School Board Member, he was a four-time winner of the “Award of Achievement” which is awarded annually by the Ohio School Boards Association to less than three percent of all School Board Members in Ohio.

 
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Representative Smith, K. Serves In the Following Committees :

Commerce and LaborFinancial InstitutionsPublic Utilities
 
 
 
 

09.16.19 - House Democrats Visit Critical Dam Facility Preventing The Spread Of Asian Carp

 

State Reps. Kent Smith (D-Euclid), John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake), Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) toured the critical Brandon Road Lock and Dam complex in Joliet, Illinois, on Friday with 25 other members of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus. Brandon Road Lock and Dam is a critical choke point to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

 
 

08.06.19 - Rep. Kent Smith Issues Statement On Dayton Shooting, Says More Needs To Be Done To Keep Children And Families Safe

 

State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today issued a statement on the state legislature’s duty to work together to address senseless gun violence and keep all Ohioans safe and secure in the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio this past weekend:

“The first, best step that we can take in Ohio to curtail senseless gun violence is to close all background check loopholes,” said Smith. “Today in Columbus, I agreed to co-sponsor Democratic priority legislation: Extreme Risk Protection Order (Russo, Sweeney), the High-Capacity Magazine Ban (Weinstein), and legislation Closing the Background Check Loophole (Robinson).

 
 

07.23.19 - Rep. Kent Smith: Misguided Bailout Costly For Consumers, Ohio's Clean Energy Future

 

State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today issued a statement in opposition to House Bill (HB) 6, a Republican-sponsored bill to bail out Ohio’s nuclear power plants and subsidize two additional coal-fired power plants that service the state. The bill also guts Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards, which opponents say will hurt job growth in emerging clean energy industries.

 
 

07.17.19 - Rep. Kent Smith: Final Budget Falls Short For Working People And Families

 

Ohio State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today voted in opposition to the finalized version of the state budget, House Bill (HB) 166. Today’s vote follows more than two weeks of Republican dysfunction and gridlock, which forced lawmakers to pass a short-term funding extension before finally compromising on a long-term deal late Tuesday.

“I voted no on the budget conference report because the public education policy got worse, rather than better, when compared to the version that was passed by the House several months ago,” said Rep. Kent Smith. “While the creation of new Academic Distress Commissions have been suspended, the three communities currently suffering under a, “Columbus Know Best” approach must continue to suffer under the leadership of unaccountable bureaucrats when the results suggest that these takeovers are not working. I hope this legislature will continue to restore local leaders and local voices in Youngstown, Lorain, and East Cleveland.”

 
 
 

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Representative Kent Smith
District 8
77 S. High St
14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
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Hometown : Euclid
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