Senator Tavares presents a resolution to honor Bishop Hartley's football team for winning the Division IV state championship.
Senator Tavares presents a resolution to honor Bishop Hartley's football team for winning the Division IV state championship.
 Senator Tavares honors Brutus Buckeye for his 50th anniversary as Ohio State's mascot.
Senator Tavares honors Brutus Buckeye for his 50th anniversary as Ohio State's mascot.
 Senator Tavares speaks during a press conference introducing legislation to combat infant mortality in Ohio.
Senator Tavares speaks during a press conference introducing legislation to combat infant mortality in Ohio.
Senator Charleta Tavares gives a speech during Senate Session.
Senator Charleta Tavares gives a speech during Senate Session.
 Senators Charleta B. Tavares and Gayle Manning present a resolution to Nolan Stevens, Public Policy Office at the Ohio Commission on Latino Affairs recognizing National Hispanic Month.
Senators Charleta B. Tavares and Gayle Manning present a resolution to Nolan Stevens, Public Policy Office at the Ohio Commission on Latino Affairs recognizing National Hispanic Month.
 Senator Tavares honors the girls basketball team from Columbus Africentric High School for winning a state championship.
Senator Tavares honors the girls basketball team from Columbus Africentric High School for winning a state championship.
Senator Tavares with Governor Kasich, Senator Jones, SIDS health advocates and staff members at the bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 278.
Senator Tavares with Governor Kasich, Senator Jones, SIDS health advocates and staff members at the bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 278.
 
 

Charleta B. Tavares was re-elected and sworn in on January 5, 2015 as the State Senator for the 15th District and Assistant Democratic Leader in the Ohio Senate. A committed public servant, she has served since 2011 as the State Senator, which includes, Bexley and parts of Grandview Heights as well as the historic neighborhoods of the city of Columbus. She currently serves as the Senate ranking member on both the Ways and Means and the Health and Human Services Committees. In addition, she also serves as a member of the Finance, Finance Subcommittee on Corrections, Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee, Joint Committee on Agency Rules and Review, and serves as Co-Chair of the Ohio Constitutional Mode...

 
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Senator Charleta B. Tavares speaks on the Senate Floor in support of Senate Bill 198 which would designate the month of October as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month.
Senator Tavares honors the Ohio State National Championship Wrestling Team during Senate Session.

11.16.16 - Ohio Sees Increase In Infant Mortality

 

Columbus—Today, the Ohio Department of Health released the 2015 Infant Mortality Data for the state. Ohio not only experienced an increase in the overall infant mortality rate, but the infant mortality rate for African American babies increased vastly. Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) is calling on the Ohio General Assembly to quickly pass Senate Bill 332, a comprehensive infant mortality bill co-sponsored with Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro).

 
 

09.28.16 - Landmark Infant Mortality Legislation Passes Senate

 

Columbus – Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus), applauded the passage of Senate Bill 332, which would implement many of the recommendations made by the Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality. Senator Tavares introduced the bill with Senator Shannon Jones (R –Warren County) in a bipartisan effort to address Ohio’s abhorrent infant mortality rate. Senate Bill 332 is the most complete and precise infant mortality undertaking by the General Assembly to date. 

 
 

09.16.16 - Senator Tavares Releases Statement On Tyre King

 

COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) released the following statement on the death of 13 year old Tyre King who was shot and killed this week during an incident involving Columbus Police.

 
 

07.25.16 - Senator Tavares To Introduce Legislation To Address Discrimination In Real Estate Deeds And Covenants

 

Columbus – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) announced she will soon introduce legislation to address the issue of discrimination against minorities based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Senate District 15

 
Counties: Franklin (part)
 
 

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Senate Building
1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-5131
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Background

 
Leadership Position : Assistant Minority Leader
Hometown : Columbus
Party : Democrat
Elected Experience :

State Senator since 2011; Columbus City Councilwoman, 1999-2010; State Representative, 1993-1998


Current Term : Expires December 2018 / Not eligible to run for another four-year term