Representative Mary Lightbody - House District 19

07.07.20 - Rep. Lightbody Statement On State Mask Mandate For Franklin County


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) issued a statement today following Gov. DeWine’s executive order to require facemasks in several Ohio counties, including Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery, and Trumbull. Each of the counties falls within Level 3 of the state’s new Public Health Advisory System, which was unveiled July 2. Level 3 indicates very high exposure and spread of coronavirus.


06.15.20 - Rep. Lightbody Statement As U.S. Supreme Court Rules Workers Cannot Be Fired For LGBTQ Status


State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) issued a statement following today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held LGBTQ workers are protected from workplace discrimination under federal law.


06.15.20 - Rep. Lightbody, House Dems Applaud Passage Of Bill To Send $350 Million In Federal Funds To Local Communities To Fight Coronavirus


Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today issued a statement as the Ohio House passed House Bill (HB) 481, which would distribute $350 million in federal CARES Act funds to aid coronavirus response in Ohio communities.



06.15.20 - Rep. Lightbody, Democrats Say Concealed Carry Bill Threatens Police Safety And Puts Black Lives At Risk


House Democrats voted against House Bill 425, a GOP-backed bill that would modify concealed carry laws, eliminating the requirement for licensees to promptly notify law enforcement of their permit and if they are carrying. The bill also eliminates penalties for failure to notify, which opponents say will lead to confusion and potentially dangerous escalation—especially for people of color.


06.15.20 - Rep. Lightbody Announces Bill To Improve Prenatal And Maternal Health Outcomes Moves To Governor's Desk


Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today applauded the House concurrence of House Bill (HB) 11, moving this Democratic priority legislation to improve prenatal and maternal health outcomes to the governor’s desk for his signature.



06.15.20 - Rep. Lightbody Applauds House Passage Of Democratic Priority Bill To Expand Broadband Coverage To Unserved Residential Households


State Representative Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 13, Democratic priority legislation to create the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Program, specifically designed to bring broadband to unserved residential households. 


06.12.20 - Rep. Lightbody: House Republicans Vote To Protect The Confederate Flag


COLUMBUS—While Ohioans were sleeping, House Democratic lawmakers were offering two amendments on the House floor late Thursday and early Friday that would have prohibited the sale, display, possession or distribution of Confederate memorabilia at county and independent fairs, following a similar rule instituted by the Ohio State Fair in 2015. The motions came during floor debate on House Bill 665, which made several other changes to laws on local and county fairs.


06.09.20 - Rep. Lightbody, House Democrats Reveal Legislative Plans For Police Reforms


Ohio House Democrats, led by Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), are acting swiftly to respond to the thousands of concerned voices being raised in cities and towns throughout Ohio by announcing today their preliminary legislative plans to combat police brutality. The proposed bills would prohibit profiling, tear gas, and the use of quotas by all law enforcement agencies, as well as call for the independent investigation of officer-involved shootings and the creation of databases to better track problematic behavior and employment history of law enforcement officers.


06.04.20 - Rep. Lightbody: GOP Election Bill Sets Stage For Confusion And Chaos In November


COLUMBUS—Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) issued a statement today as Republican lawmakers voted to fast-track legislationthat does little to prepare the state’s Boards of Elections to safely conduct a presidential election amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century.


06.02.20 - Rep. Lightbody: Black Ohioans Are Not Okay


COLUMBUS—Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) released a statement today following the weekend’s protests throughout the state:


05.29.20 - Rep. Lightbody Signs Onto Resolution To Declare Racism A Public Health Crisis


COLUMBUS— Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today signed onto a House resolution that would designate racism as a public health crisis, echoing similar calls in Cleveland and Franklin County. The resolution, if passed, would be the first of its kind passed at the state level.


05.29.20 - Lightbody, Fellow Dem Lawmakers Issue Statement Following Protests In Downtown Columbus Thursday Night


Central Ohio House Democratic lawmakers, including Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), Assistant Minority Whip Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester), Reps. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville), Beth Liston (D-Dublin), and Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington), today issued a statement following protests in downtown Columbus Thursday night. 


05.26.20 - Rep. Lightbody Co-sponsors Worker Protection Act To Ensure Safety, Security For Ohio Workers Amid Global Pandemic


COLUMBUS— Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today announced the introduction of the Worker Protection Act, Democratic-sponsored legislation to protect at-risk workers from being forced to choose between returning to unsafe working conditions or losing unemployment benefits.


05.20.20 - Rep. Lightbody Applauds House Passage Of Aisha's Law To Protect Domestic Violence Victims


COLUMBUS—Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today applauded the passage of Aisha’s Law, Democratic priority legislation sponsored by Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) that would change how law enforcement agencies respond to domestic violence cases and provide added protections for those in high-risk situations. Democrats say the bill’s passage comes at a critical time as prolonged isolation during the state’s stay-at-home order has led to a spike in domestic violence cases.


05.19.20 - Rep. Lightbody, House Democrats Release General Election Proposal


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) joined House Democrats to release their proposal for holding a safe and accessible presidential election this November amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century. Highlights of the plan include mailing a ballot with prepaid return postage to every voter, extending the ballot postmark date to Election Day, enhancing safety for in-person voting and expanding voter registration.


05.19.20 - Rep. Lightbody's Bill To Curb Distracted Driving Receives Second Hearing


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville)’s bill to alter the use of handheld electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle received a second hearing in the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee today.


05.13.20 - Rep. Lightbody, House Democrats Blast House Republicans For Failure To Provide A Safe Workplace


COLUMBUS—State Representative Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today issued a statement following a House floor session where all members were not socially distanced as the health experts recommend and where only a few of the Republican members were wearing masks.


05.12.20 - Reps. Lightbody, Ingram, Give Sponsor Testimony On Bill To Suspend State Student Loan Payments During The COVID-19 Outbreak


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today gave sponsor testimony along with joint sponsor Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) on House Bill (HB) 603, legislation that would waive interest rates and suspend payments on state student loan programs for up to 60 days. The bill would also require the Chancellor of Education to conduct a study to assist higher education institutions and students during the COVID-19 outbreak.


05.11.20 - Rep. Lightbody Announces $132 Million In Funds To Fight COVID-19 In Ohio


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today announced the state Controlling Board approved more than $132 million in funding to bolster unemployment benefits, provide assistance for small businesses and manufacturers, and support state and local COVID-19 response efforts amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century.


05.06.20 - Rep. Lightbody, House Democrats Reject An Amendment To Strip ODH Of Power During A Pandemic


COLUMBUS—State Representative Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today released a statement following the dangerous and partisan attack on Dr. Amy Acton by House Republicans:  


05.01.20 - Rep. Lightbody: May Expected To Be A Stressful Month For Ohio's Working Families As Many Return To The Workplace


COLUMBUS— As many Ohioans will be called back to work in May, many will be faced with impossible decisions related to work, health and family as this ongoing pandemic continues: how to return to work when you have children at home and no one to care for them with daycares and schools closed; how to keep those high-risk individuals who will remain quarantined safe when workers return home; and what protections exist for workers in and out of the workplace or who do fall ill with COVID-19.


04.28.20 - Rep. Lightbody, House Dems Call For A "responsible Restart" For Ohio


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) calls for a “responsible restart” for Ohio, outlining 10 recommendations following several weeks of testimony during the OHIO 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force proceedings, as well as feedback heard from constituents, local health officials and business leaders. 


04.13.20 - Rep. Lightbody Announces More Than $248 Million In Federal Funds To Support State's Pandemic Response Efforts


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today announced the state Controlling Board approved more than $248 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to aid the state’s ongoing pandemic response efforts, including funds to bolster testing capacity, purchase needed personal protective equipment for frontline workers, expand hospital capacity, and provide resources for those most impacted by the coronavirus.


04.08.20 - Rep. Lightbody Announces Federal Funding Opportunities For Local Pandemic Response Efforts


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants will be made available to cover certain local pandemic response costs in Ohio. Funds will go to state and local authorities as well as non-profits, such as hospitals, working at the direction of local governments.


04.01.20 - Rep. Lightbody, House Democrats Renew Calls For A Stop To Evictions And Foreclosures, Debt Collection During The COVID-19 Crisis


COLUMBUS— For many, the first day of a new month means rent and bills are due. For those who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak, April 1st could be the most financially devastating day yet as fears of evictions and foreclosures may loom.


03.27.20 - Rep. Mary Lightbody Issues Statement As Coronavirus Relief Bill Signed Into Law


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today applauded Gov. Mike DeWine as he signed into law House Bill (HB) 197, which will provide needed supports to working people, families and businesses in Ohio amid the coronavirus outbreak. It passed both legislative chambers unanimously Wednesday.


03.25.20 - Rep. Lightbody, 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. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) 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.


03.24.20 - Rep. Lightbody, Group Of Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Package To Aid Schools Amid Pandemic


COLUMBUS- Several Democratic lawmakers, including Reps. John Patterson (D- Jefferson), Phil Robinson (D-Solon), Joe Miller (D-Amherst) and Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville), today introduced a legislative package to mitigate the negative impacts schools are facing as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The package would provide resources and allow already overburdened school districts to take the necessary steps to recover from the repercussions of this ongoing public health crisis.


03.23.20 - Rep. Lightbody, House Dems Outline Priorities As Assembly Returns To Consider Emergency Legislation Amid Coronavirus Outbreak


State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today joined Democratic colleagues to outline several key priorities as lawmakers return to the Statehouse this week to take up emergency measures to address the public health and economic crises facing the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


03.13.20 - Rep. Lightbody Pushes Governor To Fund Emergency Benefits For Ohio Workers Affected By Coronavirus Outbreak


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today called on Gov. Mike DeWine to use his executive authority to release funds to create a temporary, emergency paid leave program for Ohio workers affected by the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Lightbody’s call follows two letters sent this week on behalf of the caucus pushing for benefits to ensure the economic security of Ohio families.


02.13.20 - Rep. Lightbody Encouraged By Senate, Governor's Move To Limit Distracted Driving


 COLUMBUS—State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today responded to Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement that he was introducing legislation to increase safety on Ohio roadways by limiting distracted driving. Rep. Lightbody had introduced a bill to tackle this very issue, HB 468, last month and the bill has already received its first hearing. Lightbody’s bill would make it a primary offense to use handheld electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle.


02.11.20 - Rep. Lightbody Introduces Bill To Ban Conversion Therapy


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today introduced legislation to protect minors by prohibiting certain health care professionals from engaging in conversion therapy when treating minor patients.


02.06.20 - Reps. Russo, Lightbody Introduce Legislation To Protect Safe Drinking Water For Ohio's Families


State Reps. Allison Russo (D- Upper Arlington) and Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today announced the introduction of The Safe Drinking Water Act to guarantee safe drinking water in Ohio.  The bill provides for state-level standards for drinking water to limit known toxics and protect residents from harm. 


01.14.20 - Rep. Lightbody Introduces Bill To Curb Distracted Driving


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today introduced legislation to increase safety on Ohio roadways by making it a primary offense to use handheld electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle.


11.15.19 - Rep. Lightbody Statement On Latest GOP Extreme Abortion Ban

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State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today issued a statement on the latest extreme total abortion ban introduced by House Republican lawmakers this week. 


11.07.19 - Rep. Lightbody Announces Unanimous Passage Of Bill To Create Women Veteran's Day


Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today announced the unanimous passage of Senate Bill (SB) 77, bipartisan legislation to designate June 12 as Women Veteran’s Day. Rep. Lightbody said SB 77 reaffirms Ohio’s promise to care for and honor the more than 67,000 women veterans living across the state. Women make up nearly 10 percent of all veterans nationally.


10.29.19 - Rep. Lightbody Announces $7,626,787 For Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)


State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today issued a statement announcing $7,626,787 in funding for Central Ohio Transit Authority to fund public transportation efforts in Franklin County, which was passed with Democratic backing in the state’s transportation budget earlier this year. 


10.04.19 - Rep. Lightbody To Host District Office Hours


State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) will hold constituent office hours to discuss issues and concerns with community members on Wednesday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the New Albany Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. 

Rep. Lightbody will be holding these district office hour meetings throughout the month of October at libraries across House District 19 in New Albany, Westerville and Gahanna.


10.02.19 - Lightbody Releases Statement In Support Of Proposed Westerville LGBTQ+ Nondiscrimination Ordinance


State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today released a statement of support following her address to Westerville City Council’s public forum last night on the city’s proposed LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination ordinance.

“I applaud the City of Westerville for seizing the opportunity to protect and value Ohio citizens and workers,” said Rep. Lightbody. “This ordinance sends a welcoming message to those who want to live in a safe and thriving environment at a time when action is slow statewide.”


08.27.19 - Reps. Lightbody, Leland And Russo Announce Ohio Promise Town Halls


State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus), Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) and Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) today announced town hall meetings TOMORROW, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Norwich Township Safety Services Building in Hilliard and Thursday, August 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the Whetstone Library to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led wins for working people and families in Central Ohio.


08.21.19 - Reps. Lightbody, Boggs And Crawley Held Ohio Promise Town Hall


State Reps. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) and Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) yesterday held a community town hall as part of the Ohio Promise Town Hall Tour, a statewide legislative town hall series hosted by House Democratic members. The purpose of the tour is to hear from constituents in their districts about their most pressing concerns, answer questions, and discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led, legislative wins for working people and families.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with constituents from across Franklin County; thanks to all who attended,” said Rep. Lightbody. “My colleagues and I were glad to share information about how the Democratic caucus has been working for them to uphold Ohio’s promise of good jobs, safe communities, and a quality education for everyone. We work for you, so please do not hesitate to reach out to my office with any further questions or concerns.”


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


State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) 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:


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


State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) 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.

“There is a significant need to invest in renewable energy initiatives for Ohio’s future,” said Rep. Lightbody. “Energy efficiency initiatives and an emphasis on renewables should have been our focus under this bill, instead of working to prop up failing nuclear power plants and a coal-powered plant in Indiana. Consider the unprecedented rainfall and impact on agriculture, as well as flooding in low-lying areas. To help our communities compete in a 21st century economy, we must do everything we can to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global climate change.”


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


Ohio State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) 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.

“The budget presented on the House floor was a step in the right direction, but did not go far enough to uphold the promises my Democratic colleagues and I made to work toward the best outcomes for Ohio’s residents,” said Lightbody. “While progress was made to support the libraries and protect the environment, compromise was not upheld on vital issues that will have an impact on Ohio’s future. I hope the governor will attend to the list of line items provided by Minority Leader Emilia Sykes for his line-item veto.”


07.08.19 - Lightbody, Dems: Remove Budget Provision Moving 2020 Presidential Primary To St. Patrick's Day


House Democratic lawmakers from across Ohio today sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose seeking information from his office about the impact of moving the 2020 presidential primary from March 10 to March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. See the letter below.


05.22.19 - Lightbody, Dems Unveil Commonsense Solutions To Keep Kids And Communities Safe


Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today announced a number of proposals, including safe storage, red-flag and background check laws, commonsense measures they say will better keep kids and communities safe. The package comes amid debate on House Bill (HB) 178, controversial legislation Democrats say is a solution in search of a problem.



05.09.19 - Lightbody: Democratic Priorities Shape Budget As Bill Clears Ohio House


House Democratic lawmakers today voted in favor of the state budget, House Bill 166, which includes a number of key Democratic priorities, including a significant tax cut for working people and families.


05.01.19 - Lightbody, House Dems Lead Bipartisan Effort To End School Takeovers, Restore Local Control


House Democrats today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 154, a bipartisan effort to end state takeovers of local schools and restore control to local education officials. The bill comes amid questions of accountability, transparency and lackluster results from district takeovers in Youngstown, Lorain and East Cleveland.


04.10.19 - Lightbody: Near-total Abortion Ban Threatens Women's Health, Liberty


House Democrats today voted against Senate Bill (SB) 23, a GOP-backed near-total abortion ban that would prohibit abortions in Ohio long before most women know they are pregnant. SB 23 would become the most extreme abortion ban in the country if signed into law.


03.14.19 - Lightbody, House Dems Unveil Ohio Promise To Taxpayers


State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today joined Democratic lawmakers to unveil the Ohio Promise, a blueprint to renew the Buckeye State’s promise of better jobs and brighter futures.


03.07.19 - Lightbody Responds To House Transportation Budget Passage


State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today released a statement following the House passage of House Bill 62, the two-year state transportation budget:


“Though there were significant Democratic improvements to the state transportation budget, I don’t believe supporting a tax increase today can make up for the Statehouse failures of the past. We owe it to our fellow citizens to work together to find permanent solutions to permanent problems that have held back communities like ours for too long. I will continue to push for long term solutions that bring home steady and sustainable funding for our community.”


01.07.19 - Lightbody Sworn In As State Rep For Ohio's 19th House District


State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) took the oath of office today during the opening session of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly at the Ohio Statehouse, officially beginning Lightbody’s first term as state lawmaker.