Rep. Ashford gives testimony during Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee.
Rep. Ashford gives testimony during Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee.
 Reps. Ashford and Milkovich during House Session
Reps. Ashford and Milkovich during House Session
 Rep. Ashford consults with Reps. Winburn and O'Brien during session
Rep. Ashford consults with Reps. Winburn and O'Brien during session
Rep. Phillips Ashford pushes for changes that would put middle class families first.
Rep. Phillips Ashford pushes for changes that would put middle class families first.
 Rep. Ashford speaks with Rep. Sykes during House session
Rep. Ashford speaks with Rep. Sykes during House session
 Rep. Ashford and Rep. Szollosi
Rep. Ashford and Rep. Szollosi
Rep. Ashford at a press conference opposing the so-called "Right to Work" legislation
Rep. Ashford at a press conference opposing the so-called "Right to Work" legislation
 Rep. Ashford discusses the Budget Bill
Rep. Ashford discusses the Budget Bill
 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
 Rep. Ashford speaks out against "Stand Your Ground" laws
Rep. Ashford speaks out against "Stand Your Ground" laws
 Rep. Ashford speaks out against the dangers of HB 203 which would bring "Stand Your Ground" laws to Ohio
Rep. Ashford speaks out against the dangers of HB 203 which would bring "Stand Your Ground" laws to Ohio
Rep. Ashford signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
Rep. Ashford signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
 Reps. Ashford and Phillips
Reps. Ashford and Phillips
 Congresswoman Joyce Beatty swears-in Rep. Ashford as Minority Whip
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty swears-in Rep. Ashford as Minority Whip
Rep. Ashford had the pleasure of meeting with students and a teacher from the Toledo School for the Arts
Rep. Ashford had the pleasure of meeting with students and a teacher from the Toledo School for the Arts
 Rep. Ashford speaks out against the Budget Bill that negatively impacts thousands of middle class and working class Ohioans
Rep. Ashford speaks out against the Budget Bill that negatively impacts thousands of middle class and working class Ohioans
 Reps. Ashford and Patterson
Reps. Ashford and Patterson
Rep. Ashford discusses the Budget Bill
Rep. Ashford discusses the Budget Bill
 Reps. Ashford and Winburn
Reps. Ashford and Winburn
 Rep. Ashford
Rep. Ashford
House Session
House Session
 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Day of Action
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Day of Action
 Rep. Ashford during House Session
Rep. Ashford during House Session
Rep. Ashford is joined by fellow lawmakers to speak out against HB 203, which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
Rep. Ashford is joined by fellow lawmakers to speak out against HB 203, which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
 Rep. Ashford speaking during House Session
Rep. Ashford speaking during House Session
 Rep. Ashford attends a Women's Rights rally
Rep. Ashford attends a Women's Rights rally
Minority Whip Ashford poses with former Minority Whip Heard
Minority Whip Ashford poses with former Minority Whip Heard
 Leadership Team (L to R): Minority Whip Ashford, Assistant Minority Leader Phillips, Assistant Minority Whip Ramos, Minority Leader Heard
Leadership Team (L to R): Minority Whip Ashford, Assistant Minority Leader Phillips, Assistant Minority Whip Ramos, Minority Leader Heard
 Rep. Ashford during Joint Session
Rep. Ashford during Joint Session
Rep. Ashford and his Legislative Aide
Rep. Ashford and his Legislative Aide
 Rep. Ashford speaking at a press conference regarding the restoration of the Minority Business Enterprise Division
Rep. Ashford speaking at a press conference regarding the restoration of the Minority Business Enterprise Division
 Rep. Ashford and Rep. O'Brien pose for a picture
Rep. Ashford and Rep. O'Brien pose for a picture
Rep. Ashford and Petee Talley, Convener for the Ohio Unity Coalition
Rep. Ashford and Petee Talley, Convener for the Ohio Unity Coalition
 Rep. Ashford speaks at the OLBC "Day of Action"
Rep. Ashford speaks at the OLBC "Day of Action"
 House Session
House Session
Rep. Ashford discusses the Budget Bill
Rep. Ashford discusses the Budget Bill
 Rep. Ashford speaking at a press conference regarding the restoration of the Minority Business Enterprise Division
Rep. Ashford speaking at a press conference regarding the restoration of the Minority Business Enterprise Division
 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Day of Action
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Day of Action
Rep. Ashford Presenting Resolution to Central Catholic High School
Rep. Ashford Presenting Resolution to Central Catholic High School
 Rep. Ashford speaks out against the dangers of HB 203 which would bring "Stand Your Ground" laws to Ohio
Rep. Ashford speaks out against the dangers of HB 203 which would bring "Stand Your Ground" laws to Ohio
 Minority Whip Ashford tries out his new whip
Minority Whip Ashford tries out his new whip
Reps. Ashford and Winburn
Reps. Ashford and Winburn
 Rep. Ashford speaks during House Session
Rep. Ashford speaks during House Session
 
 
Minority Whip Michael Ashford (D-44th District) is serving his third term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He proudly represents more than 116,000 constituents in a district wholly within the city of Toledo. Community service has been a hallmark of Rep. Ashford's career. He is a native of Omaha, Nebraska who graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and has a Master’s Degree from Spring Arbor University. Rep. Ashford relocated to Toledo in 1988 as a Unit Director for the Homer Hannah Boys and Girls Club, and then later began working for the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo. He cur...
 
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Representative Ashford Serves In the Following Committees :

Community and Family AdvancementInsurancePublic UtilitiesState and Local Government
 
 
 
 

02.07.17 - Rep. Ashford Announces State Support For Owens Community College Renovation Project

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $217,040 in state funds to Collaborative Inc. of Toledo to complete the facility and design master plans for the College Hall Renovation project at Owens State Community College (OSCC). The state funding was approved this week by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. 

“The innovative ideas and visions of Collaborative, Inc. have helped to provide safe, efficient learning environments for students and employees at many of Ohio’s higher education institutions,” said Ashford. “The renovation of College Hall will help Owens Community College provide modern facilities that allow students to learn the skills they need to be successful.” 

 
 

01.31.17 - Ashford Tapped To Lead Community And Family Advancement Subcommittee On Minority Affairs

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced he will serve as chairman of the Community and Family Advancement Subcommittee on Minority Affairs for the new legislative session. Ashford, elected to his fourth term in November and sworn in earlier this month, will be the only Democratic member to serve as chairman of a committee or subcommittee this General Assembly. 

“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue serving my constituents in the new General Assembly,” said Ashford. “As we begin the state budget deliberations here at the Statehouse, I am committed to working across the aisle to improve our roads and bridges, protect Ohioans’ access to healthcare, invest in our public education system and help ensure equal access to economic opportunity for all working Ohioans.”  

 
 

12.19.16 - Ashford Announces Over $1.6M For Toledo-area Infrastructure Upgrades

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of over $1.6 million in state funds to the University of Toledo (UT) for major upgrades to the university’s out-of-date elevator system. Rep. Ashford also today announced the release of $68,200 in state dollars to the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services for enhanced fire protection at Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital (NOPH) in Lucas County. Funding for both projects was approved at today’s meeting by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.

 

 
 

12.12.16 - Ashford Honors Toledo's Undefeated Boxing Hero

 

State Reps. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) and Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) recently honored Toledo native Robert Easter Jr. on his newly claimed International Boxing Federation (IBF) Lightweight Title victory. The lawmakers last week presented Easter Jr. with House Resolution (HR) 536, which commends the Toledo native for his tenacity, good sportsmanship and for representing both the city of Toledo and the state of Ohio on the international stage.

“I’m extremely honored to have the opportunity to recognize a close family friend for his tremendous athletic achievement,” said Ashford. “Robert Easter Jr.’s World Class title helps put Toledo on the map of the boxing world, and he has made the entire state proud through his remarkable victory.” 

 
 
 
 

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Representative Michael Ashford
District 44
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-1401
Fax      (614) 719-6948
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Hometown : Toledo
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Eligible to run for another term