State Representative Mike Foley (D-Cleveland) represents the 14th District of Ohio which includes Brooklyn, Brook Park, Middleburg Heights, Parma Heights and large portions of Cleveland’s west side. He has been in office since 2006.
Rep. Foley earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Dayton and his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He has used that education to defend the rights of Ohioans, especially in the area of housing, health care, the environment and education.
Rep. Foley has a long history of working in the community. He worked as a community organizer for the St. Clair-Superior Coalition in the mid-1980’s, as a field representative for the City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, as the Bailiff in the Cleveland Housing Court, as a Housing law instructor at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and for ten years prior to becoming a State Rep., the Executive Director of the Cleveland Tenants Organization. In addition to his duties as a State Rep., he now also works part time with Common Good Ohio, a non-profit community organization.
At Cleveland Tenants Organization, Rep. Foley helped preserve and strengthen one of the most respected housing rights organizations in the country. During his tenure, he worked with thousands of families to save them from being displaced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Rep. Foley’s work helped bring in more than $160 million in affordable housing construction and renovation, performed by union labor. He also organized the largest rent strike in Ohio history at Columbia Park Manufactured Home Park, when out-of-state landlords bought the park and raised senior citizen rents by 25 percent.
Rep. Foley serves as Ranking Minority Member on the Health and Human Services Subcommittee. He is a member of the Finance Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.
In his tenure in the General Assembly, Rep. Foley has worked on issues including Medicaid expansion, foreclosures, alternative energy, the environment, cable deregulation, retiree benefits, consumer rights and tax code reform.
Rep. Foley and his wife Chris have four children: Claire, Tom, Kevin and Matt. He says his family has taught him all of his skills in high-pressure negotiations.v