Columbus – On December 5, the world lost a giant leader, humanitarian and beacon for social justice with the death of former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) released the following statement:
“President Mandela broke the shackles of oppression, released the chains of indifference, and freed the minds of the people of South Africa and the world who believed that an African would be vengeful, and filled with hatred even when wrongly persecuted and imprisoned for standing up for justice.   President Mandela took the long journey home yesterday and thankfully we were blessed that he was able to stay for a long visit to share his gifts and humanity with the people of the world before he departed.”

Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) proudly serves the residents of the 15thDistrict which includes Bexley and Columbus.  She is the Ranking member of the committees on Ways and Means and Workforce and Economic Development.  She is the first African American and Democrat woman to serve in both houses of the Ohio General Assembly from Franklin County (Ohio House -1993 and Ohio Senate - 2011) and 1st African American woman to ever serve in leadership in Ohio’s 196 – year history (1996).

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Senator Tavares To Introduce Eyewitness Protection Act


Columbus—Next week, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) will introduce legislation aimed at protecting citizens who record law enforcement and civilian involved incidents. The Eyewitness Protection Act will give a person the right to lawfully record any incident involving law enforcement or the public and to maintain custody and control of that recording and the device used to record the incident. 


Tavares Legislation Creating Family Stability Commission Clears Senate


Columbus—State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) applauded the passage of Senate Bill 30, legislation she sponsored which establishes the Ohio Family Stability Commission. The proposal establishes a time-limited commission that will focus on the strengthening of Ohio families and emphasizing the well-being of children. 


Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares Reflects On Mental Health Awareness Month


May is Mental Health Month sponsored by Mental Health America. This year’s theme is called “B4Stage4” which focuses on diagnosing and addressing mental illnesses before Stage 4 in which symptoms are more severe and difficult to treat.

Mental illnesses are sometimes crippling disorders that affect the lives of millions of Americans and oftentimes go unannounced because of the stigma associated with them.

Join me in spreading the word about “mental health” throughout the month of May so that your friends, family, and community can get the support and education that they need.

For more information about mental health awareness, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness at


Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares Honors The Life Of Former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Paul Tipps


Today, during Senate Session, Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) honored the life of former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Paul Tipps who died on April 21st at the age of 78. During his tenure, the Ohio Democratic Party controlled all statewide offices in Ohio and the Ohio legislature.