State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) took the oath of office today during the opening session of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly at the Ohio Statehouse, officially beginning her first term as state lawmaker.
“I am excited to return to state government in order to serve the citizens of Toledo,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson.
Hicks-Hudson brings decades of public service experience with her to the Statehouse. She served on Toledo City Council from 2011-2015, serving as President of Council from 2013 until she became the first black female Mayor of Toledo in 2015.
“It is my hope that this bipartisan vote will show our citizens that we intend to work together so that we can move Ohio forward,” added Hicks-Hudson.
During her 35-year professional career, she worked as assistant Lucas County prosecutor, assistant public defender and assistant state attorney general. From 1998-2002, she served as the legislative director of the Toledo City Council. Shortly after, she served as the director and deputy director of the Lucas County Board of Elections and chief legal counsel to the Ohio Office of Budget and Management under Governor Ted Strickland.
As a Court Appointed Child Advocate-Guardian ad Litem, Hicks-Hudson is trained in mediation and advocates for neglected and underrepresented youth. As a result of her efforts, she has been honored by the Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Outreach Program. She also continues her partnership with the Coalition and Quality Education and Covenant Youth Development Corporation to increase opportunities for young people. As a professor of juvenile justice, Hicks-Hudson has also educated young professionals on the importance of intervention and prevention programs and actions for development of productive citizenship for our future society.
She has been married to Freeman W. Hudson since 1973 and is the proud mother of two adult daughters, Patricia Hope and Leah Free Star, and grandmother of seven grandchildren. An accomplished musician, Hicks-Hudson also serves as the minister of music at Redeemer Lutheran Church.