House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement on the passing of Otto Beatty Jr, a Columbus native and long-time state representative who served 18 years in the Ohio House.
“My thoughts are with Congresswoman Beatty, their children and the entire Beatty family today. Otto Beatty was a true public servant, someone who dedicated his life to fight for the disadvantaged and marginalized people of our state, ensuring they, too, have the opportunity to pursue their American dream right here in Ohio. Otto Beatty was a friend to working people, an advocate for minority businesses and a champion for Ohio families. He made a difference in the lives of countless people across our state. I am proud to have known him, and am even luckier to have called him a friend. He will be missed.”