COLUMBUS –Today, State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) recognized Black History Month, a time to celebrate and reflect on the central role African-Americans have played in our nation’s history. This year’s Black History Month theme is “Black Family: Representation, Identity & Diversity,” which celebrates the strength, resilience, diversity and achievements of Black families. Rep. Sheehy reaffirmed his commitment to supporting legislative efforts to build up Black families so that all Ohioans have the tools they need to get ahead.
“As we begin Black History Month, let us remember and celebrate the achievements of African Americans and their impact on Ohio and the nation. Ohioans Toni Morrison, Carl Stokes, and Jesse Owens all broke barriers during their lives. As we celebrate, however, let us reflect on the nation’s past and recognize that more work needs to be done. I am proud to have worked with my colleagues over the years to focus on legislation that will strengthen Ohio’s families, and I look forward to continuing this work during the next General Assembly,” said Rep. Sheehy.
Several Democratic-backed family first bills have recently been enacted into law, including legislation to support expecting mothers and babies, create the state’s first-ever Children’s Behavioral Health Network, assist foster families, and make it easier for military families caring for a loved one with special needs to apply for Medicaid services.
This General Assembly, House Democrats will continue to prioritize legislation to strengthen Ohio’s families, including bills to raise the minimum wage, implement paid family leave and support Black businesses.