Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) was officially sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives Monday as State Representative for the 9th House District. Boyd, elected to her first House term in November, will serve the citizens in Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, University Heights and parts of Ward 2, and all of Ward 4 in Cleveland.
“I am honored that voters have entrusted me with this responsibility,” said Rep. Boyd. “I believe my public service experience and my background in advocacy for children and working families will serve our district well. I look forward to fighting for good jobs and quality services for our neighbors and community members. We have to focus on improving the quality of life for all Ohioans.”
A former Cleveland Heights council member, Boyd has worked on a mentoring and juvenile diversion program and beginning the expansion of Human Rights laws to increase protections for members of the LGBT community. With over 15 years of experience in health and human services advocacy and policy working for OhioGuidestone, Boyd has been actively involved in the state budget process on behalf of programs that serve some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens, including children and families facing poverty; seniors; children with special needs and mental health disorders; adults with developmental disabilities; victims of human trafficking; at-risk youth; and veterans.
Boyd will serve the same House District her mother, Barbara Boyd, represented for some sixteen years. A lifelong resident of the district, Janine is a ‘1993 graduate of Hillsdale College with a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish. She holds a Masters of Speech and Language Pathology from Michigan State University.