Vernon Sykes

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Vernon Sykes
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Ohio House of Representatives District 34
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$60,583.70/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Ohio State House, District 44
1983-2001
Education
Bachelor'sOhio University, 1974
Master'sWright State University, 1980 and Harvard University, 1986
Ph.D.University of Akron, 2001
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Vernon Sykes (b. October 2, 1951) is a Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing District 34. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

He previously represented House District 44 from 1983 to 2001.

Sykes was ineligible to run for re-election to the House in 2014 because of term-limits.

Biography

Sykes earned his B.B.A. in Management from Ohio University, his M.S. in Social and Applied Economies from Wright State University, his M.P.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Public Administration and Urban Studies from the University of Akron. His professional experience includes working as director of the Columbus Program in Intergovernmental Issues, as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kent State University, as assistant fiscal officer for the Summit County Criminal Justice Commission and senior management specialist for United Neighborhood Council's Economic Development Program.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sykes served on the following committees:

Ohio Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance and Appropriations
State and Local Government

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sykes served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sykes served on the following committees:

Issues

Political positions

Debt negotiations

Sykes is one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,[2] the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.

TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner has proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.[3]

Elections

2012

See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sykes won re-election in the 2012 election for Ohio House, District 34. Sykes defeated Derrick Hall in the March 6 Democratic primary election and defeated Ronya J. Habash (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVernon Sykes Incumbent 81.4% 40,469
     Republican Ronya J. Habash 18.6% 9,254
Total Votes 49,723
Ohio House of Representatives, District 34 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngVernon Sykes 81.9% 6,224
Derrick Hall 18.1% 1,376
Total Votes 7,600

2010

See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sykes won re-election to District 44 of the Ohio House of Representatives.[7] His opponents were Josh Sines (R) and Kurtis S.F. Liston (L). The election took place on November 2, 2010.[8][9]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 44
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Vernon Sykes (D) 20,107 77.66%
Josh Sines (R) 5,087 19.65%
Kurtis S.F. Liston (L) 697 2.69%

2008

See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Bolon won re-election to the Ohio House of Representatives. He ran unopposed.[10][11][12]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 44
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vernon Sykes (D) 37,314

2006

See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Sykes won election to the Ohio House of Representatives.[13] His opponent was Joseph D. Crawford (R).

Ohio House of Representatives, District 44
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vernon Sykes (D) 22,653
Joseph D. Crawford (R) 5,390

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sykes is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Sykes raised a total of $1,062,176 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 2, 2013.[14]

Vernon Sykes's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Ohio State House, District 34 Won $194,445
2010 Ohio State House, District 44 Won $681,655
2008 Ohio State House, District 44 Won $123,634
2006 Ohio State House, District 44 Won $28,582
1998 Ohio State House, District 44 Won $24,314
1996 Ohio State House, District 44 Won $9,546
Grand Total Raised $1,062,176

2012

Sykes won re-election to the Ohio State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Sykes raised a total of $194,445.
Ohio State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Vernon Sykes's campaign in 2012
Ohio Civil Service Employees Association Local 11$12,544
Ohio State Building & Construction Trades Council$12,250
AFSCME$11,544
Ohio Association of Public School Employees$11,500
Maltz, David$11,500
Total Raised in 2012$194,445
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Sykes won re-election to the Ohio State House in 2010. During that election cycle, Sykes raised a total of $681,655.

2008

Sykes won re-election to the Ohio State House in 2008. During that election cycle, Sykes raised a total of $123,634.

2006

Sykes won election to the Ohio State House in 2006. During that election cycle, Sykes raised a total of $28,582.

1998

Sykes won re-election to the Ohio State House in 1998. During that election cycle, Sykes raised a total of $24,314.

1996

Sykes won re-election to the Ohio State House in 1996. During that election cycle, Sykes raised a total of $9,546.

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 130th Ohio General Assembly was in session from January 7 to December 31. In 2014, the 130th Ohio General Assembly will be in session from January 7 through December 31.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on women’s issues.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 129th Ohio General Assembly was in session from January 3 through December 31.[15] In 2012, the 129th Ohio General Assembly was in session from January 3 through December 31.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on women’s issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on middle class.
  • Innovation Ohio: 129th General Assembly - Votes on legislation supported by Governor Kasich
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bill's introduced at Governor Kasich’s urging or that had his vocal support.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Senators are scored based on how they voted on issues of priority to members of the Ohio Federation of Teachers.
  • Representatives are scored based on how they voted on issues of priority to members of the Ohio Federation of Teachers.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting Ohio's business community.

Personal

Sykes and his wife, Barbara, have two children. They currently reside in Akron, Ohio.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Representative Vernon Sykes, "Biography," accessed May 21, 2013
  2. National Conference of State Legislatures, "Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction," accessed May 15, 2014
  3. Stateline, "State legislators want revenue on table in debt talks," September 22, 2011
  4. Ohio Chamber of Commerce, "2012 General Assembly Primary Candidates," January 17, 2012
  5. Ohio Secretary of State, "2012 Democratic Primary Results," accessed June 12, 2014
  6. Ohio Secretary of State, "Ohio official results for 2012 General Election," accessed June 10, 2014
  7. Ohio Secretary of State, "State Representative: Results for general election on November 2, 2010," accessed June 11, 2014
  8. Ohio Secretary of State, "Democratic State Representative: Results for Primary: May 4, 2010," accessed June 11, 2014
  9. Ohio Secretary of State, "Republican State Representative: Results for Primary: May 4, 2010," accessed June 11, 2014
  10. Ohio Secretary of State, "Republican State Representative: Results for Primary: March 4, 2008," accessed June 11, 2014
  11. Ohio Secretary of State, "Democratic State Representative: Results for Primary: March 4, 2008," accessed June 11, 2014
  12. Ohio Secretary of State, "State Representative: Results for general election on November 4, 2008," accessed June 11, 2014
  13. Ohio Secretary of State, "State Representative: Results for general election on November 7, 2006," accessed June 11, 2014
  14. followthemoney.org, "Sykes, Vernon," accessed June 2, 2013
  15. National Conference of State Legislatures, "2011 Legislative Sessions Calendar," accessed June 6, 2014(Archived)
Political offices
Preceded by
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Ohio House of Representatives - District 34
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Ohio House of Representatives - District 44
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Michael Ashford (D)