Rep. Smith joins Rep. Juanita Brent and Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine at the launch of the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library in Cuyahoga County
Rep. Smith joins Rep. Juanita Brent and Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine at the launch of the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library in Cuyahoga County
 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, Rep. Smith 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
 
 
 
 

03.25.20 - Rep. Kent Smith, House Democrats Pass Sweeping Legislation To Address COVID-19 Crisis

 

COLUMBUS— State lawmakers returned to the Statehouse today to address the COVID-19 crisis and provide immediate relief to everyday Ohioans. State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) released a statement today following the unanimous passage of an omnibus bill (HB 197) that would prohibit utility shut-offs, waive state testing requirements, freeze EdChoice eligibility, extend voting in the primary election, postpone the state income tax filing deadline among several other measures.

 
 

03.23.20 - The Five Fronts Of The COVID-19 Battle In Ohio

 

As a Member of the Ohio General Assembly, I know that Ohioans are facing a variety of challenges from this ever-changing public health crisis.  But using the simple lessons of the “how to eat an elephant” story (one bite at a time), let me offer the five different areas of public policy challenges and what my colleagues and I will be working on in the early stages of this struggle.

 
 

03.17.20 - Why We Are Doing What We Are Doing And What You Should Do. - A COVID-19 Update From State Representative Kent Smith

 

The new Coronavirus has spread rapidly across the globe.  In less than two months, it has reached over 135 countries and infected more than 160,000 individuals.  Diseases do not stop at state or international borders.  It has come to Ohio and it is a public health emergency.  We dare not underestimate it.

 
 

03.02.20 - Reps. Smith, Miller And Lepore-Hagan Introduce Legislation To Audit Academic Distress Commission Districts

 

COLUMBUS- State Reps. Joe Miller (D-Amherst), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today announced legislation that would require one-time performance audits of school districts with a current Academic Distress Commission (ADC). 

 
 
 

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