Maharath Sworn into Office as New State Senator
January 7, 2019
Today, Tina Maharath (D-Columbus) took the oath of office to serve in the Ohio Senate during the 133rd General Assembly. She is the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Ohio Senate.
“It is a pleasure and honor to serve the district of my hometown of Whitehall, Ohio. I am truly blessed to be able to represent the district that provided me with the best teachers, role models and mentors during my upbringing and I am deeply grateful to the people of the 3rd Senate District for placing their trust in me,” said Senator Maharath. “Ohioans elected me to deliver changes in the Ohio Senate and I am prepared to do that.”
Senator Maharath will represent the 3rd Senate District, which encompasses areas of Franklin County, including Whitehall, Gahanna, Westerville, New Albany, Groveport, Canal Winchester, the Hilltop and parts of Columbus.
“My focus for this General Assembly will be to continue the fight against the devastating opioid epidemic facing Ohio communities. To do that, I will work to ensure that Ohio families have access to safe and affordable health care and that our public education system is adequately funded to support expanded in-school wrap-around services,” said Senator Maharath. “I am also dedicated to serving those that have served us in the armed forces by providing transitionary support for those returning to civilian life.”
A native of Whitehall, Senator Maharath chose to dedicate her life to public service at a young age, inspired by her upbringing as the daughter of refugee parents from the Southeast Asian nation of Laos.
Maharath is an active member of her community. She has served on the Lao Volunteer Donation Association’s advisory board and on the organizing committee for Ohio’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Legislative Day, an event she went on to chair. She also volunteers for various organizations throughout central Ohio, including Legacies of War, Ohio Asian American Health Coalition, Community Refugee Immigration Services, Community Shelter Board and Asian American Community Services.