Representative Mary Lightbody - House District 19

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.