State Representative Emilia Sykes is excited to be taking on this new role as Minority Leader.

Minority Leader Emilia Sykes is living her dream of representing her neighbors in a district she loves and leading the Democratic House Caucus for the 133rd General Assembly. Emilia is more than a state representative. She is someone you can trust to get the job done, someone who truly cares about our community and who will work across the aisle to accomplish progress for all Ohioans.


Our district, the one you elected her to represent, faces great challenges. We have too many working families who are playing by the rules but still struggle to make ends meet every month. That’s why Emilia fought to be on the House Finance Committee, the panel that controls our state budget. Emilia is dedicated to strengthening middle-class families and preparing Ohio’s economy for the future.

Emilia is passionate about improving health care for members of our community and all Ohioans. She cares deeply about our state’s infant mortality crisis, continuing adequate support for Medicaid and supporting our state’s children and elderly. Emilia fought for these issues daily as the Ranking Minority Member on the House Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and as a member of the Health and Aging Committee.

Emilia also served as a member of the Ways and Means Committees and was appointed to the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.


Born and raised in Akron, Emilia and her sister grew up in a politically active and socially conscious family.

From an early age, Emilia learned the importance of public service. Her parents, Vernon and Barbara Sykes, have dedicated their lives to giving back to their community. Both served as elected leaders and instilled in Emilia the value of giving back to those in need. Seeing her parents make positive changes for the Akron community was inspiring and set an example she continues to emulate.

Emilia’s parents also emphasized the importance of education. Emilia graduated magna cum laude from Kent State University with a B.A. in Psychology. Four years later, she earned her J.D. with a Certificate in Family Law from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. The same year, Emilia earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions.

Emilia continues to be a passionate voice for her community as the House Minority Leader and is constantly working to improve our Akron community for all Ohioans.