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 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 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 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 House session
Rep. Smith speaking during House session
 Rep. Smith introducing OhioSounds legislation to grow Ohio's music industry
Rep. Smith introducing OhioSounds legislation to grow Ohio's music industry
 Rep. Smith takes oath for 131st General Assembly
Rep. Smith takes oath for 131st General Assembly
Rep. Smith after taking oath of office
Rep. Smith after taking oath of office
 
 

State Rep. Kent Smith was elected to serve the people of the 8th Ohio House District in 2014 and re-elected in 2016.  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.

 
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08.09.17 - Smith Joins Legislators From 36 States To Collaborate On Bipartisan Solutions To Environmental Challenges

 

State Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) joined more than 100 state legislators from 36 states and both major political parties to build consensus on leading environmental issues at the 2017 National Issues Forum in Boston this week organized by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). The event offered opportunities for lawmakers and sustainability advocates to collaborate on policy solutions to remove toxins from consumer products, and to conserve water, public lands and endangered species.

“The dangers of ignoring environmental issues and the benefits of using clean energy are crystal clear,” said Howse. “By laying a foundation for environmental sustainability, we can help grow our economy, attract clean energy businesses and bring better jobs to our state.”

 
 

07.06.17 - Smith: Medicaid Restrictions, Taxes Among Eleven Potential Law Changes From House GOP Veto Showdown With Governor

 

Today, the Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives overrode eleven items Governor John Kasich vetoed in the recently passed state budget, House Bill (HB) 49. Under the House’s overrides, Medicaid expansion would have to be reauthorized through the state Controlling Board and new taxes on working people could be put in place as a condition of healthcare coverage.

“Stopping the GOP’s Medicaid freeze is a testament to the hard work of concerned citizens, Democratic lawmakers and medical professionals,” said Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid). “Just like in Washington D.C., protests, phone calls, office visits and emails are helping to save lives in Ohio. But other Medicaid freeze loopholes approved today by Republicans will lock people out of Medicaid coverage and threaten the economic stability of families and working people across our state. New restrictions will cost money, lives and good-paying healthcare jobs.”

 
 

06.28.17 - Smith: State's Fake Budget Built On Broken Economic Outlook, Six Years Of Few Results And Empty Job Promises

 

Amid a more than $1 billion financial shortfall, Ohio’s legislative Republicans pushed state budget negotiations closer to the brink Tuesday and today with eleventh hour horse-trading over a Medicaid lockout and complex money maneuvers, leaving Gov. John Kasich less than 48 hours to review the state budget, House Bill 49, before the start of the new fiscal year.

“I voted against the state budget because the revenue stream is dishonest and irresponsible,” said Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid). “State tax collections have missed revenue projections 10 times in 11 months. In doing so, it shortchanges our future. The Republican philosophy of tax cuts for the wealthiest Ohioans while cutting schools, communities and services hasn't created economic stability, better paying jobs or real economic growth. Under Governor Kasich, Ohio has trailed the national average in job growth for 54 consecutive months. This budget follows the same failed course. On the road to forever we don't know the way.”  

 
 

05.18.17 - Rep. Kent Smith Awarded Fellowship For Midwestern Leadership Institute

 

State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) announced today that he was among 37 select lawmakers chosen to participate in a training program that annually identifies and assists promising state leaders in the Midwest. The Euclid lawmaker was one of three Ohio legislators selected for the fellowship. 

Rep. Smith will meet with fellow lawmakers from Ohio and 10 other Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces on August 11-15 in Minneapolis, Minn., for The Council of State Governments’ 23rd annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD). 

“I am honored to be chosen to be a part of the 2017 Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development class,” said Smith. “My hope is that being a part of 2017 BILLD class will allow me to better serve the residents of the 8th House District and the citizens of Ohio.”

 
 
 

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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 : Eligible to run for another term