OH-13: Emilia Sykes (D)
Tim Ryan (D)[i]
Ohio State House of Representatives (State Representative, District 34 / Minority Leader / Former Minority Whip); Community Legal Services (Employee); Summit County (OH) Fiscal Office (Administrative Staff Advisor); US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Law Clerk)[ii] [iii]
BA, Kent State University; MPH, University of South Florida College of Public Health; JD, University of Florida – Fredric G. Levin College of Law[iv]
Jobs & Rising Costs; Healthcare; Public Safety; Protecting Women’s Rights to Healthcare; Education; Climate; Democracy; Fair Trade; Immigration; Seniors[v]
ON THE ISSUES
Sykes is pro-choice and believes the government “has no place telling a woman what to do with her body.” In Congress, she will fight any attempt to criminalize abortion and contraception or punish women for seeking reproductive healthcare.[vi]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
In order to lower costs and avoid supply chain issues, Sykes supports a “Made in America” plan to increase domestic manufacturing and reduce dependence on foreign countries. In Ohio, she worked to increase the state’s earned income tax credit and will fight to put more money in the pockets of her constituents.[vii] Sykes argues bad trade deals have hurt the economy and will fight to keep jobs from being outsourced overseas.[viii] She supported the Inflation Reduction Act.[ix]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
Sykes believes healthcare is “far too expensive” and that every American deserves access to “quality, affordable healthcare and prescription drugs that won’t break the bank.” In Congress, she will work to cap the cost of insulin and other life-saving medications, ensure affordable long-term care options, and eliminate system biases that lead to health inequities.[x] Sykes supports allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and would use those savings to expand benefits to cover vision, hearing, and dental services.[xi] She supported the ACA and called for Medicaid in expansion in Ohio during her 2014 State House campaign.[xii]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
Sykes believes the US immigration system is broken and has called for a “bipartisan, comprehensive solution that stops ignoring the problem.” In Congress, she will work to ensure the border is safe and secure while also recognizing that “decency and humanity is required to those who seek the land of opportunity we call home.” She will also champion those who come to the US legally, pay taxes, and play by the rules “because they deserve the same rights and protections as everyone else.”[xiii]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
Sykes believes everyone deserves to feel safe in their communities. In Ohio, she led a bipartisan effort to ensure domestic violence survivors are protected and worked to make it a crime for people to track others without their consent. Sykes will fight to ensure law enforcement officers have “the resources they need to protect and serve the communities where they work while ensuring there is accountability and trust within the community through meaningful criminal justice reform efforts.”[xiv]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
In Congress, Sykes will fight to make it easier to vote by supporting the For the People Act. She has pledged to hold accountable “anyone who attacks the right to a free and fair election, particularly those who advocate violently overthrowing the government.”[xv]
Sykes believes every child deserves a high-quality education and will work to ensure those who wish to continue their education after high school have “affordable options that don’t leave them drowning in student loan debt.”[xvi] She advocates for investing as much money in skilled worker training as in four-year institutions of higher education.[xvii]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
Sykes has called access to clean air and water a “basic human right.” She believes that a green environment can be obtained while also creating good-paying jobs. In Congress, Sykes will support environmentally-friendly policies that support the economy, allow National Parks to thrive, and support native wildlife.[xviii]
Sykes supports expanding background checks and argues that the “path to safer streets is establishing a safer method of gun ownership.”[xix] In Ohio, she voted against several measures that would expand gun rights, including bills that would expand concealed carry, reduce training requirements for armed school employees, expand “Stand Your Ground” laws, and prohibit penalties for armed individuals who enter gun-free zones as long as they have a valid concealed handgun license.[xx] Sykes received an “F” rating from the NRA in 2022.[xxi]
Sykes lamented Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine despite sanctions “in almost every industry.”[xxii]
[i] “Rep. Tim Ryan,” LegiStorm, accessed November 9, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/51600/Timothy_John_Ryan.html.
[ii] “Emilia Sykes’ Biography,” Project Vote Smart, accessed November 9, 2022, available at https://justfacts.votesmart.org/candidate/biography/152164/emilia-sykes.
[iv] “Incoming Rep. Emilia Sykes,” LegiStorm, accessed November 9, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/243182/Emilia_Strong_Sykes.html.
[ix] Emilia Sykes Twitter, August 12, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/EmiliaSykesOH/status/1558231946374909956.
[xii] “My Values,” Emilia Sykes for State House (via Internet Archive), accessed November 9, 2022, available at https://web.archive.org/web/20141211031638/http://emiliasykes.com/values/.
[xvii] Emilia Sykes Twitter, August 23, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/EmiliaSykesOH/status/1562232469310640128.
[xix] Emilia Sykes Twitter, November 2, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/EmiliaSykesOH/status/1587814032907517952.
[xx] “Emilia Sykes’ Voting Records on Issue: Guns,” Project Vote Smart, accessed November 9, 2022, available at https://justfacts.votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/152164/emilia-sykes/37/guns.
[xxi] “Ohio,” NRA-PVF Grades & Endorsements (via Internet Archive), accessed November 9, 2022, available at https://web.archive.org/web/20221107141708/https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/ohio/.
[xxii] Emilia Sykes Facebook, March 6, 2022, available at https://www.facebook.com/EmiliaSykes/posts/pfbid02TGkAXkcx2DXmETCzQwF2U7euiTxr9CEtw4P2VSXaUWQMEwvquLwm3XX19vxSs6gyl.