Emilia Sykes
Rep. Emilia Sykes - 118th Congress (1.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 13th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Preceded byTim Ryan
Minority Leader of the
Ohio House of Representatives
In office
February 6, 2019 – December 31, 2021
Preceded byFred Strahorn
Succeeded byAllison Russo
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 34th district
In office
January 6, 2015 – December 31, 2022
Preceded byVernon Sykes
Succeeded byCasey Weinstein (redistricting)
Personal details
Born
Emilia Strong Sykes

(1986-01-04) January 4, 1986 (age 37)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Relatives
Education
WebsiteHouse website

Emilia Strong Sykes[1][2] (born January 4, 1986) is an American politician who is the U.S. representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district. She formerly represented the 34th district of the Ohio House of Representatives, which consists of portions of the Akron area. From 2019 until 2021, she also served as minority leader of that chamber.

Sykes grew up in the Akron area and is the daughter of former state representatives Vernon Sykes (now an Ohio state senator) and Barbara Sykes, who successively held the same seat from 1982 to 2014. Between Vernon, Barbara, and Emilia, the Sykes family held the seat for 40 years.[3][4]

Biography

Sykes holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Kent State University.[5] She received a JD from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and a Master of Public Health from the College of Public Health and Health Professions.[6][7] She has served as an administrative adviser in the Summit County fiscal office.[8] In 2013, Sykes ran for the Ohio House of Representatives to succeed her father, Vernon, who was term-limited.[9] She defeated Summit County Councilman Frank Communale to secure the Democratic nomination,[10] and Republican nominee Cynthia Blake 72%-28% in the general election.[11]

In 2015, Sykes and fellow Democratic lawmaker Greta Johnson introduced a bill that sought to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax.[12]

In 2019, Sykes was elected the leader of the Democrats in the Ohio House, becoming minority leader.[13]

During the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries, Sykes supported Joe Biden.[14]

Sykes won the EMILY's List 2020 Gabby Giffords Rising Star Award.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2022

See also: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Ohio § District 13

In January 2022, Sykes announced her candidacy for Ohio's 13th congressional district.[16]

In November 2022, she won the general election, defeating Republican nominee Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, a former Miss Ohio USA.[17]

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Ohio House 34th District
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2014 Emilia Sykes 17,299 71.9% Cynthia Blake 6,082 28.1%
2016 Emilia Sykes 35,154 77.1% Gene Littlefield 10,420 22.9%
2018 Emilia Sykes 30,164 78.4% Josh Sines 8,329 21.6%
2020 Emilia Sykes 36,251 76.8% Henry Todd 10,926 23.2%
US House Ohio 13th District
Year Votes Pct Votes Pct
2022 Emilia Sykes 146,621 52.6% Madison Gesiotto Gilbert 132,181 47.4%

References

  1. ^ "Lawyer Directory – The Florida Bar". Archived from the original on March 7, 2017. Retrieved Mar 17, 2020.
  2. ^ "Emilia Strong Sykes Lawyer Profile on Martindale.com". www.martindale.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2022. Retrieved Mar 17, 2020.
  3. ^ "Sykes tells local Democrats about 'Ohio Promise' - Morrow County Sentinel". www.morrowcountysentinel.com. 2019-07-26. Archived from the original on 2019-12-20. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  4. ^ "For the Ohio House: Emilia Sykes and Greta Johnson". Akron Beacon Journal. Archived from the original on 2019-12-20. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  5. ^ Walsh |, by Ellin. "Emilia Sykes wins primary for 34th Ohio House District". Akron Beacon Journal. Archived from the original on 2022-10-01. Retrieved 2022-10-01.
  6. ^ "Rep. Emilia Sykes joins competitive US House race in Ohio". AP NEWS. 2022-01-18. Archived from the original on 2022-01-26. Retrieved 2022-10-01.
  7. ^ "EMILY's List Statement on Emilia Sykes Advancing to the General Election in Ohio's 13th Congressiona". www.emilyslist.org. Archived from the original on 2022-05-12. Retrieved 2022-10-01.
  8. ^ "First New Democratic House Leader in Five Years Has Strong Ties to the Statehouse". 28 January 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-03-27. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  9. ^ "Emilia Sykes to seek the Ohio House seat her family long has held". Akron Beacon Journal. Akron. 2013-09-17. Archived from the original on 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  10. ^ "Emilia Sykes in the Democratic primary for Ohio House District 34: editorial endorsement". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cleveland. 2014-04-29. Archived from the original on 2014-12-14. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  11. ^ REPORTER, Ellin Walsh |. "Sykes wins 34th Ohio State House District seat". MyTownNEO. Archived from the original on 2019-12-20. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  12. ^ "Is 'Tampon Tax' discriminatory to women?". WCPO. 2016-03-31. Archived from the original on 2020-03-23. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
  13. ^ "Emilia Sykes named new Ohio House Democratic leader". Akron Beacon Journal. Akron, Ohio. 2019-01-21. Archived from the original on 2019-03-27. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  14. ^ Richardson, Seth A. (March 11, 2020). "Joe Biden announces backing from Emilia Sykes, more than half of Cleveland City Council". Cleveland.com. Archived from the original on March 23, 2020. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  15. ^ Mills, Emily. "Emilia Sykes wins national award for dedication to women, families". Akron Beacon Journal. Archived from the original on July 3, 2020. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  16. ^ DeNatale, Dave "Dino" (January 18, 2022). "Former Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Sykes announces run for Congress". WKYC. Archived from the original on October 1, 2022. Retrieved March 27, 2022.
  17. ^ "Emilia Sykes defeats Madison Gesiotto Gilbert in 13th Congressional District race". Akron Beacon Journal.
  18. ^ "Endorsed Candidates". NewDem Action Fund. Retrieved 2022-12-03.
Ohio House of Representatives Preceded byFred Strahorn Minority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives 2019–2021 Succeeded byKristin BoggsActing Preceded byVernon Sykes Member of the Ohio House of Representativesfrom the 34th district 2015–2023 Succeeded byCasey Weinstein U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byTim Ryan Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Ohio's 13th congressional district 2023–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byDale Strong United States representatives by seniority 429th Succeeded byShri Thanedar