Kent Smith - House District 8

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.  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.

Smith graduated from Miami University and earned his Master of Science in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University in 2001. His Master’s Degree thesis - which was written in 2001 - was about the emerging threat of Predatory Lending and the Subprime Market. He also co-authored the first Predatory Lending Report by Policy Matters Ohio in 2002.  Following his Master’s Degree studies, he was a PhD student at Cleveland State University in Economic Development.

In his current term (2017 – 2018) in the Ohio House of Representatives, he serves as the Ranking Democrat on the Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development Committee.  He also is a committee member on the Education and Career Readiness Committee, the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee and the Public Utilities Committee. 

In his first term (2015-2016), Smith was the Ranking Democrat on the Economic and Workforce Development Committee.  He also served on the Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development Committee, the House Education Committee and the Public Utilities Committee. 

In 2017, he was one of three Ohio State Reps, and one of 37 overall, to receive a fellowship for the 2017 Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development conducted by the Council of State Governments (CSG) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Additionally, he serves as the Ohio Lead in the Ohio House for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators and on three multi-state legislative caucuses; CSG’s Great Lakes Legislative Caucus, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Labor and Economic Development Standing Committee and the NCSL Task Force on Cyber Security.

Smith serves as the Policy Chair for the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, where he works with members and organizations to research and draft legislation that furthers the caucus’ priorities of middle-class job growth, economic stability for Ohio families, strong public education, clean energy and increased opportunities for working people to get ahead in the Buckeye State.

Since 2006, Representative Smith has been the head of the Euclid Democratic Party – a position called the Euclid City Democrat Leader.  In addition, he works as a roller derby announcer for both Burning River Roller Derby in Cleveland and The Chicago Outfit.  He joined Burning River in 2008 and The Chicago Outfit in 2010.  He has announced roller derby for the past 11 years and has called hundreds of bouts across the Midwest.  In 2018, he was one of 15 American roller derby voices selected to help announce the 2018 Roller Derby World Cup in Manchester, England.

Prior to joining the Ohio General Assembly, Representative Smith worked for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office, which included an assignment with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and at four Northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations.

He is eager to use his unique perspective and professional experience to improve the quality of life for the people of the 8th Ohio House District and working families across the state.