Ohio Senate District 28
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Columbus, Ohio 43215
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Senator Sykes is currently serving his second term in the Ohio Senate, where he represents the city of Akron and multiple neighboring cities.
A longtime advocate of redistricting reform, Senator Sykes was instrumental in passing legislation to reform the way Ohio's congressional and state legislative districts are drawn.
Senator Sykes is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Kent State University.
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement after the Ohio Senate voted along party lines to pass Senate Bill 1, which drastically limits the duties and function of the State Board of Education and Department of Education.
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) issued the following statement in response to Governor Mike DeWine's State of the State address:
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) announced the beginning of his service in the Ohio Senate for the 135th General Assembly.
This week, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) supported the Ohio Controlling Board's decision to release $15 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to food banks, so that they can acquire and distribute food to Ohioans.
Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) and state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) released the following statement after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 vote that the congressional map adopted by Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission on March 2, 2022 are unconstitutional:
This week, state Senator Dr. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) commended the Ohio Senate's passage of House Bill 687, the state Capital Budget that appropriates $7.4 million for economic development projects in Ohio's 28th Senate District, which includes Summit County.
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, issued the following statement after a federal court ordered Ohio to hold the 2022 election using state legislative maps that were previously ruled unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court:
Today, state Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), co-chair of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, issued the following statement after the Ohio Supreme Court invalidated the newest state legislative maps adopted by majority Commission members on May 5. The Court gave the Commission until June 3 to draw new, constitutional maps:
Ohio Redistricting Commission Co-Chair Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader and Commission member Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) responded to the ORC's failure to adopt a new set of constitutional and fair state legislative maps by the May 6 Ohio Supreme Court deadline. Amid loud chants for fair maps from Ohioans, the majority of commissioners instead voted to adopt the third set of legislative maps, which were already ruled unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court on March 16.
Ohio Redistricting Commission Co-Chair Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader and Commission member Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) held a redistricting public forum today at the Ohio Statehouse after Republican commissioners refused to hold an official Redistricting Commission meeting despite multiple requests. Democrats heard from more than 60 Ohioans who shared their thoughts on the redistricting process and encouraged the Redistricting Commission to reconvene immediately to adopt fair, constitutional maps.