COLUMBUS – House Democrats today announce the swearing-in of Veronica Sims (D - Akron) to represent Ohio’s 33rd House District, after the resignation of State Rep. Tavia Galonski.
“District 33 has been my home for my entire life and I am honored to have been selected for this position. I promise to deliver substantive and positive change for my constituents and the people of Ohio. I want to thank Leader Russo and the House Minority Caucus for putting their faith in me. As well as my predecessor, former Rep. Galonski, who served our district with passion and integrity. I hope to carry on this legacy,” said Rep. Sims.
A proud product of Akron Public Schools, Rep. Sims earned her Master of Public Administration and Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Political Science from the University of Akron. As a steadfast advocate in her community, she has held multiple leadership positions throughout her career in public service. These positions include Executive Director of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, Director of Outreach and Community Development for Community Action Akron Summit, Regional Facility Manager for Adult Services for Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, and Representative on Summit County Council.
As the first African American female member to be elected Vice President and later President of Summit County Council, Rep. Sims has piloted multiple successful community driven initiatives that address local issues such as gun violence, infant mortality, police accountability, small business development, and institutional racism.
In addition to her public service, Rep. Sims is the Community Outreach Specialist for Stewart and Calhoun Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Rep. Sims and her husband reside in Akron, Ohio and are proud parents of a University of Akron graduate.
Leader Russo today welcomed Rep. Sims to the Ohio House Minority Caucus.
“I am thrilled to welcome Rep. Sims to the House Minority Caucus. She brings a wealth of experience on crucial issues facing Ohio communities. Throughout Rep. Sims extensive career in public service she has put people first, and I know she will continue to do so in this role.” said Leader Russo.
Rep. Sims’ committee assignments will be announced in the coming days.