Senator Vernon Sykes is currently serving his first term in the Ohio State Senate, representing the 28th district. The 28th district includes: Akron, Barberton, Coventry, Green, Lakemore, Mogadore, Springfield, Tallmadge, and portions of Bath and Cuyahoga Falls.

Senator Sykes has dedicated much of his life to public service. He previously served in Akron City Council and the Ohio House of Representatives. Since 2001, Dr. Sykes has passed along his experience in public service to students as a professor of Political Science and Director of the Columbus Program in State Issues at Kent State University.

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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.


Senate District 28

Counties: Summit (part)

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Senate Building
1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-7041
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Hometown : Akron
Party : Democrat