Representative Richard D. Brown - House District 20

07.01.19 - Brown Statement On GOP Missing Budget Deadline


Ohio House Assistant Minority Whip Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today criticized the House and Senate Majority leadership for their inability to strike a budget deal before the constitutionally-mandated June 30 deadline.


06.26.19 - Dems Elect Hicks-Hudson As Whip, Brown As Assistant Whip


Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the election of Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) as Minority Whip and Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) as Assistant Minority Whip for the 133rd General Assembly. Brown joins the Democratic leadership team after former Whip Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) stepped down last week.

“I want to thank Rep. Smith for his service to this leadership team and dedication to strengthening our caucus. I know he will continue to use that same vigor to fight on behalf of his constituents here at the Statehouse,” said Leader Sykes. “I look forward to welcoming Rep. Brown into our leadership team and continuing working with Rep. Hicks-Hudson as we move Ohio forward and restore our 


05.01.19 - Brown, 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.


04.26.19 - Rep. Brown Introduces Legislation Increasing Access To Audio Prescription Label Readers


State Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) introduced legislation this week to increase awareness of and access to audio prescription label readers for those who are blind or have vision impairments. House Bill (HB) 214 would require pharmacies in Ohio to provide label readers upon request for at least the duration of a prescription.


04.10.19 - Brown: 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.


02.27.19 - Rep. Brown Reintroduces Bipartisan Prostate Cancer Awareness Legislation


State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) this week reintroduced bipartisan legislation with state Rep. Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) to create ZERO - The End to Prostate Cancer license plate to raise awareness about prostate cancer and honor the nonprofit’s work promoting early detection of the disease.


02.25.19 - Rep. Brown Reintroduces Bipartisan School Bus Safety Bill


State Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today introduced bipartisan legislation alongside Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) to increase safety for Ohio students by cracking down on motorists with multiple violations of passing a school bus with its stop arm activated.


02.21.19 - Rep. Brown Details Opposition To Anti-worker GOP Bill Attacking Prevailing Wage


State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today highlighted his opposition to House Bill 78, an anti-worker bill designed to reduce pay for skilled labor by eliminating prevailing wage requirements in Ohio.


02.19.19 - Rep. Brown Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Modernize Ohio School Bus Camera Law


State Reps. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) and Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today introduced House Bill 83 to codify current Ohio Department of Public Safety policy and allow districts to install safety cameras on their school buses. The cameras, to be installed on the exterior of the school buses, are intended to assist in catching motorists who illegally pass stopped buses.


02.11.19 - Brown Named Top Democrat On House Civil Justice Committee


State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) was named the Ranking Democrat on the Ohio House Civil Justice Committee Friday. 


12.04.18 - Rep. Richard Brown Encouraged By DeWine's Recovery Ohio Announcement


State Rep. Richard Brown (D-Columbus) today applauded Governor-elect Mike DeWine’s announced “opioid czar” tasked with leading the new administration’s response to Ohio’s opioid crisis. 


11.14.18 - Brown: Right To Work Is Wrong For Ohio


In response to an Ohio House committee hearing yesterday on House Bill 53, legislation to make Ohio a so-called “Right to Work” state for first responders, teachers, nurses and other public employees, state Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) issued the following statement:

“Ohioans have rejected dangerous ‘Right-to-Work’ legislation most recently during the current Kasich administration. Gov. Kasich has even said that it is time to move on from this anti-worker agenda, and I strongly agree in spite of the efforts of Speaker Smith and a cosponsor list that consists of the most radical members of the majority.


08.30.18 - As Opioid Crisis Deepens, Officials Look To Create Ohio Office Of Drug Policy For Unified, Strategic Statewide Plan


As Ohio’s opioid addiction crisis deepens and shows little sign of letting up, state Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) and local officials from Central Ohio and Dayton today announced new legislation to create a unified cabinet-level Office of Drug Policy to serve as a coordinated, comprehensive entity for community officials, law enforcement officers, social workers and local communities to seek out best practices, available grants, state rules, new education programs, and more anti-drug abuse resources.

“We read it in the news. We see it in our neighborhoods. We hear about it at work and at home. And, sadly too many Ohio families are forced to face the grim reality every day that Ohio is the face of the nation’s opioid epidemic,” said Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester). “It is clear more can be done to take on this crisis in a strategic and unified way. That’s why I’m proud to introduce this legislation today and look forward to working with members of both political parties who want to ensure addiction no longer holds our state back from living up to our full promise and potential.”

A historic number of Ohioans – 5,232 a year or 14 every day—are dying of unintentional overdose, a 39% spike in the last year. Ohio’s rates are three times the national average. According to a congressional study, Ohio’s current efforts won’t be enough to slow the historic number of deaths from opioids.

“We need more than a piecemeal, ad-hoc approach. What works in Dayton may or may not work in Columbus or Canal Winchester, but we frankly just don’t know without a strategic partnership from the state,” said Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton. “A coordinated Office of Drug Policy would offer more hands-on guidance to local communities by serving as the state partner with regional opioid taskforces, counties, cities and community providers.”


06.27.18 - Brown Responds To Anti-worker Janus V. AFSCME SCOTUS Decision


State Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today condemned the United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in its ruling on the AFSCME v. Janus case. 


06.08.18 - Brown Applauds Passage Of Bill To Increase Statewide Opioid Data Sharing And Communication


State Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 535, legislation to increase reports of opioid overdoses and the effectiveness of naloxone treatments to the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Brown was an original co-sponsor of the legislation, the Opioid Data and Communication Expansion Act, before it unanimously passed the House floor Thursday.

“Better communication and information sharing about the Opioid Crisis will only help to paint a more complete picture of what’s going on in Ohio,” said Brown. “Compiling more information about what’s working and what isn’t across the state will only help us better respond to the ongoing crisis. I am proud to have been a co-sponsor on this important piece of legislation”

House Bill 535 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration. Brown supports the Ohio Senate’s swift passage of the legislation.


05.23.18 - Amid Partisan Legislative Shutdown, Brown Urges Consensus Building, Cooperation To Fulfill Promises To Taxpayers


State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today questioned the majority caucus leadership for again cancelling session and allowing their internal strife to close the Ohio House for business.

“I am deeply concerned that internal Statehouse politics has been allowed to get in the way of the legislative process,” said Brown.


05.10.18 - Brown Looks To Increase Student Safety With Bipartisan Bus Safety Bill


State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) to deter drivers from recklessly passing school buses while they load and unload students. Each year, 17,000 students are involved in school bus-related injuries and of those, 24 percent happen while students are getting on or off the bus. In Ohio, Reynoldsburg schools have seen an uptick of incidents involving reckless drivers and stopped school busses. 


03.22.18 - Brown Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Increase Prostate Cancer Awareness


State Rep. Richard D. Brown (D-Canal Winchester) today introduced bipartisan legislation with state Rep. Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) to create the “ZERO-The End to Prostate Cancer” license plate. ZERO, a non-profit established in 1996, works to raise awareness about the disease and has screened over 130,000 men for the prostate cancer.


06.28.17 - Brown Sworn In As New State Representative Of Ohio's 20th House District


Accompanied by family at the Ohio Statehouse today, Richard Brown, a lawyer from Canal Winchester, Ohio, was today sworn in as state representative of the 20th House District, which encompasses the southeastern portion of Franklin County. The House Democratic Caucus voted on seating Brown today during session after a House panel recommended Brown to replace former State Rep. Heather Bishoff (D-Blacklick).       

“We are excited to welcome Richard Brown into the Ohio House Democratic Caucus,” said Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “With his extensive legal background and long record of community service, we look forward to working with Rep. Brown as we continue to fight for improved schools, higher wages and stronger communities.”