Senator Vernon Sykes - Senate District 28

02.23.18 - Senator Sykes Honored With Ohio Alliance Of Boys & Girls Clubs 'Legislative Champion 2018' Award


COLUMBUS – This week, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) was presented with the 2018 “Legislative Champion” award by the Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. 


02.20.18 - Senator Vernon Sykes' Statement On Gun Violence


Columbus – State Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) today issued the following statement regarding the school shooting in Parkland, Florida:

“After the gruesome act of violence against innocent school children in Florida this past week, leaders in Columbus must act – enough is enough."


02.06.18 - Lawmakers Applaud Passage Of Redistricting Plan


Columbus – Today state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) applauded the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 5 (SJR5) by the Ohio House of Representatives.


02.05.18 - Senators Yuko And Sykes Comment On Passage Of Redistricting Resolution


Columbus – Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus released the following statements after the Senate unanimously (31-0) voted to pass SJR 5, which reforms the process of congressional redistricting.


02.02.18 - Akron Lawmakers Encourage Parents To Take Advantage Of Open Preschool Slots


Columbus – Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), together with state Representatives Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron), announced that a number of preschools offering quality, early childhood education programs in the Greater Akron area have open slots available at free or reduced cost.


01.16.18 - Senators Sykes And Eklund Introduce Bill To Reform Wrongful Imprisonment Laws


Columbus – Today,  Senators Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and John Eklund (R-Munson Township) introduced legislation to improve the compensation rights of wrongfully imprisoned individuals.


01.10.18 - Senator Sykes And Representative Cera Respond To Republican Gerrymandering Plan


COLUMBUS— State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and state Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), the two Democratic designees on the Ohio legislature’s redistricting working group, issued the following statement in response to today’s Republican congressional gerrymandering presentation to House and Senate committees:

“We are committed to achieving real reform and want to make sure that our state’s congressional districts are fair and truly representative of Ohioans. We want any congressional redistricting plan to end partisan gerrymandering.


10.26.17 - Sykes, Cera Issue Joint Statement On First Redistricting Public Hearing


COLUMBUS— State Sen. Vernon Sykes and Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today released a joint statement following the first meeting of the General Assembly’s congressional redistricting working group



08.03.17 - Senator Sykes Hosts Fishing Clinic For Akron Youth


AKRON – This week, State Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) hosted his annual fishing clinic for children in the community. In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), young Ohioans participated in several fishing related activities throughout the day. The children learned about fish native to Ohio’s waters as well as how to cast a fishing rod, catch a fish, and filet and cook fish.


06.28.17 - Senator Sykes Comments On Senate's Passage Of Ohio Budget Bill


COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) expressed deep concerns regarding the budget passed by the Ohio General Assembly. The bill provides a tax cut that favors the wealthy, while cutting funding to state agencies, education, and health care services.  The bill also freezes Medicaid expansion - which will cause thousands of Ohioans to lose health insurance - and cuts funding to some schools including in Senate District 28. 


06.07.17 - Senator Sykes Announces Several Budget Amendments To Improve Life For Ohioans


COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) announced that he has offered over 40 individual amendments into Substitute House Bill 49 – Ohio’s 2-year budget bill – on behalf of the families of the 28th Senate District and Ohio. Senator Sykes’ amendments focus on increasing access to early childhood education and critical state and federal resources. They also aim to improve life for the residents of his district.


02.01.17 - Senator Vernon Sykes Appointed To Serve As Top Democrat On Two Education Committees


COLUMBUS—Today, the Ohio Senate announced that State Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) has been appointed to serve as Ranking Member of the Senate Education Committee and Vice Chair on the Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education for the 132nd General Assembly.


01.03.17 - Ohio Senate Democrats Add Two New Members


COLUMBUS – The 132nd Ohio General Assembly officially began with the swearing in of new members and leadership for the Ohio Senate. The Senate Democratic Caucus welcomed two new members, Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron, pictured middle) and Senator Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta, pictured left).