Leader Heard speaks at a press conference on voting rights
Leader Heard speaks at a press conference on voting rights
 Rep. Heard Presenting a Resolution to the United Way
Rep. Heard Presenting a Resolution to the United Way
 Leader Heard
Leader Heard
Leader Heard and the director of her office, Edward Johnson
Leader Heard and the director of her office, Edward Johnson
 Leader Hears speaks with Speaker Batchelder
Leader Hears speaks with Speaker Batchelder
 Leader Heard speaks with legal interns
Leader Heard speaks with legal interns
Leader Heard with the faculty and administration of Wilberforce University as she receives an honorary doctorate of humane letters
Leader Heard with the faculty and administration of Wilberforce University as she receives an honorary doctorate of humane letters
 Leader Heard addresses her colleagues during House session.
Leader Heard addresses her colleagues during House session.
 Leader Heard speaks with members of the Urban League
Leader Heard speaks with members of the Urban League
Leader Heard during a press conference with the NAACP
Leader Heard during a press conference with the NAACP
 Leader Heard talks with Rep. Budish and Chief of Staff Keary McCarthy
Leader Heard talks with Rep. Budish and Chief of Staff Keary McCarthy
 House Session
House Session
Leader Heard speaks at the "When Women Succeed, America Succeeds" rally
Leader Heard speaks at the "When Women Succeed, America Succeeds" rally
 Leader Heard gives the keynote address at Minority Health Day at the Statehouse
Leader Heard gives the keynote address at Minority Health Day at the Statehouse
 Leader Heard pushes for changes that would put middle class families first.
Leader Heard pushes for changes that would put middle class families first.
Leader Heard addresses the media.
Leader Heard addresses the media.
 Masonic Day at the Statehouse
Masonic Day at the Statehouse
 Leader Heard gives testimony regarding HB 167
Leader Heard gives testimony regarding HB 167
Leader Heard and Rep. Rosenberger at the Niagara Foundation Statehouse Reception
Leader Heard and Rep. Rosenberger at the Niagara Foundation Statehouse Reception
 Leader Heard speaks at the Niagara Foundation Statehouse Reception
Leader Heard speaks at the Niagara Foundation Statehouse Reception
 Leader Heard addresses the Turkish media at the Niagara Statehouse Reception
Leader Heard addresses the Turkish media at the Niagara Statehouse Reception
Rep. Heard stands with her mother and husband as she awaits her introduction as Minority Leader Heard
Rep. Heard stands with her mother and husband as she awaits her introduction as Minority Leader Heard
 Rep. Heard speaks out against the Budget Bill that negatively impacts middle class and working class Ohioans
Rep. Heard speaks out against the Budget Bill that negatively impacts middle class and working class Ohioans
 House Session
House Session
Rep. Heard and her Legislative Aide
Rep. Heard and her Legislative Aide
 Rep. Heard speaks to members of the Beautillion Millitaire
Rep. Heard speaks to members of the Beautillion Millitaire
 House Session
House Session
Women's Caucus
Women's Caucus
 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Day of Action
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Day of Action
 State of the State
State of the State
Leader Heard launches strike food drive for Columbus janitors
Leader Heard launches strike food drive for Columbus janitors
 House Session
House Session
 Leader Heard and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty
Leader Heard and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty
Leader Heard's colleagues congratulate her on her new position
Leader Heard's colleagues congratulate her on her new position
 Congresswoman Joyce Beatty swears-in Rep. Heard as the new Minority Leader
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty swears-in Rep. Heard as the new Minority Leader
 Rep. Heard stands with her mother and husband as she awaits her introduction as Minority Leader Heard
Rep. Heard stands with her mother and husband as she awaits her introduction as Minority Leader Heard
Rep. Heard addresses attendees at Women's Lobby Day
Rep. Heard addresses attendees at Women's Lobby Day
 Rep. Heard speaks to Rep. Strahorn and Senator Tavares
Rep. Heard speaks to Rep. Strahorn and Senator Tavares
 Rep Heard at Joint Session
Rep Heard at Joint Session
Rep. Heard attended a briefing on the importance of developing standards for Health Education in Ohio
Rep. Heard attended a briefing on the importance of developing standards for Health Education in Ohio
 Rep. Heard speaking at a press conference opposing the so-called "Right to Work" legislation that House Republicans proposed
Rep. Heard speaking at a press conference opposing the so-called "Right to Work" legislation that House Republicans proposed
 Rep. Heard speaking at a press conference opposing the so-called "Right to Work" legislation that House Republicans proposed
Rep. Heard speaking at a press conference opposing the so-called "Right to Work" legislation that House Republicans proposed
Leader Heard and Speaker Batchelder honor a long-time employee of the Ohio House
Leader Heard and Speaker Batchelder honor a long-time employee of the Ohio House
 Leader Heard and Speaker Batchelder honor a long-time employee of the Ohio House
Leader Heard and Speaker Batchelder honor a long-time employee of the Ohio House
 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"
 Leader Heard attends the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus' "Day of Action"
Leader Heard attends the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus' "Day of Action"
 Leader Heard signs the discharge petition to bring Medicaid expansion to the floor for a vote
Leader Heard signs the discharge petition to bring Medicaid expansion to the floor for a vote
Leader Heard notifies the press that the House Democratic caucus plans to initiate a discharge petition to put Medicaid expansion on the floor for a vote
Leader Heard notifies the press that the House Democratic caucus plans to initiate a discharge petition to put Medicaid expansion on the floor for a vote
 Rep. Heard speaking to the media regarding the Minority Business Enterprise Division
Rep. Heard speaking to the media regarding the Minority Business Enterprise Division
 House Session
House Session
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Day of Action
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Day of Action
 Leader Heard congratulates the summer Employee of the Quarter
Leader Heard congratulates the summer Employee of the Quarter
 Leader Heard gives testimony regarding HB 167
Leader Heard gives testimony regarding HB 167
Democratic Leadership Team (L to R): Minority Whip Ashford, Assistant Minority Leader Phillips, Assistant Minority Whip Ramos, Minority Leader Heard
Democratic Leadership Team (L to R): Minority Whip Ashford, Assistant Minority Leader Phillips, Assistant Minority Whip Ramos, Minority Leader Heard
 Rep. Heard and Minority Legislative Director Andy DiPalma
Rep. Heard and Minority Legislative Director Andy DiPalma
 Rep. Heard speaking at a press conference regarding the restoration of the Minority Business Enterprise Division
Rep. Heard speaking at a press conference regarding the restoration of the Minority Business Enterprise Division
Rep. Heard and Members of the United Way
Rep. Heard and Members of the United Way
 Rep. Heard Presenting a Resolution to the United Way
Rep. Heard Presenting a Resolution to the United Way
 Leader Heard speaks about the late House Minority Leader William Mallory as his sons look on
Leader Heard speaks about the late House Minority Leader William Mallory as his sons look on
 

Tracy Maxwell Heard, the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives for the 130th General Assembly of Ohio, is dedicated to securing an adequate and equitable school funding formula for Ohio’s children, strengthening the state’s communities and local governments, and ensuring the political process is inclusive of Ohio’s diverse population.

For seven years, Leader Heard has represented the 26th District in the House, which includes eastern and southern parts of Ohio’s capital city - Columbus. She first made history when House Democrats elected her the...

 
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07.03.14 - Leader Heard On The 50th Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

 

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, House Democratic Leader Maxwell Heard (D-Columbus) Wednesday released the following statement:

“Today’s anniversary is a sobering reminder that it takes monumental social action and sweeping government reforms to uphold the rights and liberties Americans hold sacred. There is no free market for our constitutionally-guaranteed rights. Rather, brave women and men throughout history fought tirelessly to compel their government to take action in order to form a more perfect union. And, whether it’s today’s fight for equal pay, access to the polls, workers’ rights or women’s healthcare rights, it is clear that many will be on the wrong side of history in the ongoing struggle for civil rights.”

 

 
 

07.03.14 - Post-Recession Job Growth Reaffirms Worst Fears Of Kasich Economy

 

National Public Radio’s economic series, Planet Money, today released a comparison of post-recession job gains and losses on a state-by-state basis from Jan. 2008 to May 2014. The comparison shows Ohio ranks 41st in post-recession job growth, with jobs shrinking by 2.4 percent in the Buckeye State.

The data is contrary to the Kasich Administration’s belief that Ohio’s economy has been a national leader in job growth under Kasich’s watch. The governor and his allies spent much of 2013 and the first part of 2014 saying Ohio was ninth in job creation nationally, a statistic widely panned as faulty for failing to disaggregate job growth based on Ohio’s labor force. Democrats often point to Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business for state-by-state job growth rankings. According to the university, Ohio finished 2013 as 44th nationally in job creation, and currently ranks 38th.

“This shows what many Ohioans and Democrats have been saying about Governor Kasich’s economy all along,” said House Democratic Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard (D-Columbus). “His recovery for the rich is not creating jobs for the rest of Ohio. Tax cuts targeted at the wealthy aren’t creating the job growth Governor Kasich promised.”

The collapse of Wall Street in the fall of 2008 triggered a global economic recession that impacted states all across the country, including Ohio. Ohio began to recover from the Great Recession in March 2010 when the unemployment rate first started to drop. Over the next 12 months, and before any of Gov. Kasich’s policies were in place, the unemployment rate would continue to drop to 8.8 percent, from over 10 percent, by March of 2011. 

 

 
 

07.01.14 - Tax Hikes, Funding Cuts From Last Year's Budget Taking Hold

 

House Democratic Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard (D-Columbus) and members of the Democratic caucus today marked the start of the state’s new fiscal year and the one-year anniversary of the largest General Revenue Fund budget in state history. Gov. Kasich signed the last state budget bill on June 30, 2013. At the time, House Democrats stood in opposition to the budget, saying the toxic mix of tax hikes on working and middle class Ohioans and funding cuts to schools and communities would not create the economic opportunity Kasich and his Republican colleagues promised.

Republicans used property and sales tax increases along with funding cuts to schools and communities to target tax cuts at the state’s top income earners—a policy they say helps the state’s economy. Still, Ohio’s job creation rate trails the national average, and the state ranks 38 out of 50 over the last year in job creation according to the Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business.

 
 
 

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Representative Tracy Maxwell Heard
District 26
77 S. High St
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Columbus, OH 43215
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Leadership Position : Minority Leader
Hometown : Columbus
Party : Democrat
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Current Term : Expires December 2014 / Not eligible to run for another term