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.”  

Ashford will also serve on the following committees to help shape and refine public policy during the 132nd General Assembly: 

-Community and Family Advancement
-Public Utilities, ranking member
-State and Local Government

The House of Representatives has 21 standing committees now after House Republicans slightly altered the committee structure for the 132nd General Assembly. The Judiciary Committee was split into two separate Criminal and Civil Justice Committees, committees on state and local government were consolidated, and several new committees – including Aging & Long-Term Care and Federalism & Interstate Relations – were established, among other changes. 

Committees are held any time before or after House floor sessions and are open to the public. House Finance Committee is generally broadcast live on the internet. The Ohio Senate recently announced they would begin to livestream additional standing committees, but the House has not yet indicated whether it will follow suit. 

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