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Senator Shirley A. Smith was elected to the 21st Senate District of the Ohio Senate in November 2006 after serving eight years in the Ohio House of Representatives as the State Representative for the 10th House District in Cleveland. Senate District 21 encompasses Wards 2 through 12 and 14, Bratenahl, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, Garfield Heights, Newburgh Heights, and University Heights.
A strong advocate for the poor, minority, and disenfranchised across the State of Ohio, Senator Smith has demonstrated her genuine concern for the socially and economically disadvantaged not only through her advocacy work and her outspoken candidness, but also with the bills she has introduced as a legislator.
Senator Smith’s hard work on public policy matters such as child support, metastatic breast cancer, and records sealing has established her firm commitment to the 21st District. Additionally, she has partnered with University Hospitals of Cleveland to create the Sickle Cell Anemia Fast Track program.
Senator Smith was recently recognized by leaders across the state for the passage of her signature prison and sentencing reform legislation that increases employment opportunities for returning citizens.
Furthermore, her role in the state budget negotiations has proved to be significant, utilizing her role on the Finance committee to obtain vital funds for the district that contribute to positive trends in Northeast Ohio.
Smith serves as Ranking Member of the Government Oversight Committee and sits on the Finance Committee, Criminal Justice Committee, the Public Utilities Committee, and the Agriculture Committee. She also serves on the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee.
Senator Smith attended the Kennedy School of Government program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government and Harvard University as a Fannie Mae Foundation Fellow.