Sykes Sworn into Office for 133rd General Assembly
January 7, 2019
Today, Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) took the oath of office to serve in the Ohio Senate during the 133rd General Assembly.
“It’s an honor to serve my community and neighbors in the Ohio General Assembly,” said Senator Sykes. “I’ve been charged with an awesome responsibility – to represent the interests of Summit County – and I intend to do just that.”
Elected to his first term in the Ohio Senate in 2016, Senator Sykes will continue to represent the 28th Senate District, which includes Akron, Barberton, Coventry, Green, Lakemore, Mogadore, Springfield, Tallmadge and parts of Bath and Cuyahoga Falls.
“The future of our state depends on how well we prepare our children for the challenges of today and the opportunities of tomorrow. So I will continue my work to bring universal early childhood education and health education standards to Ohio,” said Senator Sykes.
Senator Sykes has dedicated much of his life to public service. He previously served on Akron City Council and in the Ohio House of Representatives. Since 2001, Dr. Sykes has passed along his experience in public service to students as a professor of Political Science and Director of the Columbus Program in State Issues at Kent State University. Senator Sykes is married to Barbara Sykes, State Director of AARP. They have two daughters, Stancy, an Akron public school teacher and state Representative Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), and two grandchildren, Hugh and Hope.