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Rep. West elected OLBC President for 134th General Assembly

November 24, 2020
Thomas West News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that he has been elected Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President for the 134th General Assembly following an official vote by OLBC members in the Ohio House and Senate.

“I am so deeply grateful to my colleagues for putting their trust in me to lead the OLBC forward,” said Rep. West. “I welcome the challenge this opportunity will bring, and I am committed to investing my time and talents to this great organization along with the rest of our new leadership team. We carry a great responsibility on our shoulders to be the voice of Black Ohioans across our state. We owe it to each and every one of them to advance policies that will build them up and create the change they seek, the change so many have taken to the streets to demand all throughout this year. Together, we will tackle head-on the crises we face: the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on our community; the economic devastation caused by the pandemic; and the systemic racial inequities in our institutions.”

Rep. West, who served as First Vice President during the current General Assembly, will replace outgoing OLBC President Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland). The other members of the OLBC’s new leadership team are as follows:

  • First Vice President Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland)
  • Second Vice President Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati)
  • Treasurer Rep. Erica Crawley (D-Columbus)
  • Sergeant-at-Arms Sen. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus)
  • Secretary Rep. Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati)
  • Parliamentarian Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron)

The OLBC, founded in 1967, is the oldest legislative Black caucus in the United States.