2018 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Officers and Members
2018 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Officers and Members
 Rep. Howse speaks to a reporter during the 2017 OLBC Day of Action
Rep. Howse speaks to a reporter during the 2017 OLBC Day of Action
 Rep. Howse (center) speaking on a panel to discuss "How to Break The Cycle of Poverty of in the Black Community" at the 2016 OLBC Convention
Rep. Howse (center) speaking on a panel to discuss "How to Break The Cycle of Poverty of in the Black Community" at the 2016 OLBC Convention
Rep. Howse standing in opposition of SB 152, legislation to ban local hiring standards and restrict project labor agreements
Rep. Howse standing in opposition of SB 152, legislation to ban local hiring standards and restrict project labor agreements
 Rep. Howse speaking on the need to end pay discrimination for all Ohioans  during the 2016 OLBC Day of Action
Rep. Howse speaking on the need to end pay discrimination for all Ohioans during the 2016 OLBC Day of Action
 Rep. Howse with Reps. Kuhns and Sykes at the "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
Rep. Howse with Reps. Kuhns and Sykes at the "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
Rep. Howse speaking with a constituent at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
Rep. Howse speaking with a constituent at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
 Rep. Howse (left) with fellow Democratic lawmakers during a segment of Ohio In Focus
Rep. Howse (left) with fellow Democratic lawmakers during a segment of Ohio In Focus
 Rep. Howse (left) with fellow democratic lawmakers after filming a segment of Ohio In Focus
Rep. Howse (left) with fellow democratic lawmakers after filming a segment of Ohio In Focus
Rep. Howse speaking at a news conference to push back against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood
Rep. Howse speaking at a news conference to push back against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood
 Rep. Howse speaking at press conference
Rep. Howse speaking at press conference
 Rep. Howse at House Session
Rep. Howse at House Session
Rep. Howse discusses equal pay legislation at Women's Lobby Day
Rep. Howse discusses equal pay legislation at Women's Lobby Day
 Rep. Howse speaks on poverty
Rep. Howse speaks on poverty
 
 

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, State Representative Stephanie Howse has lived most of her life in the Ward 7 community. Howse is a graduate of the Cleveland School of the Arts where she studied vocal and instrumental music. After high school, Stephanie earned her undergraduate degree in Civil Environmental Engineering from Florida A&M University and her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Cleveland State University.

 
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Representative Howse Serves In the Following Committees :

Aging and Long Term CareCommunity and Family AdvancementTransportation and Public Safety
 
 
 
 
Reps. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) discuss their newest bill, the Ohio Equal Pay Act. Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) hosts this edition of Ohio In Focus.
Rep. Howse speaks against the 6-week abortion ban

06.27.18 - Howse: Bipartisan Bill To Restore Service Credit Passes House

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 572, bipartisan legislation that gives authority to the OPERS Board to provide parity in their retirement service credit system as it relates to Developmental Disabilities (DD) employees. 

 
 

06.07.18 - Howse: Bill To Modernize Ohio Voting Equipment Passes House

 

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 135, which would invest more than $100 million in state funds for Ohio counties to purchase new, modern voting equipment. SB 135 also appropriates $10 million to reimburse counties who purchased new voting systems on or after January 1, 2014. Voting systems, including voting machines, marking devices, automatic tabulating equipment, direct recording electronic voting machines and associated allowable expenditures, would be covered under the bill.

 
 

06.06.18 - Howse: After Some Two Months, Ohio House Expected To Resume Session Under Narrowly-elected Speaker

 

After nearly two months of a Republican-led legislative impasse, the Ohio House is expected to resume legislative activity following today’s narrow, marathon election of new House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell). Chaos and dysfunction have plagued the legislature since the abrupt resignation of former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), after he announced he was under FBI inquiry in April. Federal agents have since raided Rosenberger’s home, his state office and storage shed, as rumors of pay-to-play tactics on payday lending reform legislation continue to churn.

 

 
 

04.18.18 - Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Hosts Annual Day Of Action

 

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) today is holding their annual Day of Action. This year’s theme “Reclaiming our Government” focuses on four areas in which citizens can be empowered to take control of their communities and address disparities through engaging with the legislature.*

OLBC President and state Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) has ramped up the group’s focus on rooting out disparities within Ohio’s black community during her second year as president.

“Our Day of Action is focused on getting an understanding of the barriers that have led to systematic disengagement within our government,” said Howse. “We want to offer pathways for how African Americans in Ohio can increase advocacy on pressing issues that matter to our community.”

According to the Ohio Poverty Report released in February of 2018, the areas that had the highest poverty rates were counties with metropolitan areas, where a bulk of the black population resides. Counties with poverty rates higher than the state average of 15.4 percent include Allen (Lima), Clark (Springfield), Cuyahoga (Cleveland-Elyria), Franklin (Columbus), Hamilton (Cincinnati), Lucas (Toledo), Mahoning (Youngstown), Montgomery (Dayton), Richland (Mansfield) and Trumbull (Warren).

In 2016, while Ohio’s graduation rates rose to a little over 83 percent, only about 67 percent of black high school students graduate, ranking Ohio forty-fifth in the nation for black graduation according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

The OLBC is hopeful that this year’s Day of Action will create even more opportunities for collaboration to engage and advance communities around Ohio. In its 2018 legislative agenda, the OLBC takes aim at education, criminal justice, voting rights, and health and family care.

 
 
 
Representative Stephanie D. Howse
District 11
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-1414
Fax      (614) 719-0011
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Party : Democrat
Current Term : Eligible to run for another term