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Seven Ohio Women Running for Congres

This year, seven strong Democratic women are running for Congress.

This stands in stark contrast to the Republicans, who have a total of zero women running for a spot in Ohio’s Congressional delegation.

I hope you’ll take a moment to learn more about our three Congresswomen and our four Congressional candidates, visit their websites, and find out how you can get involved in their campaigns.

Our Incumbent Congresswomen

Representative Marcy Kaptur, Congressional District 9

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is currently serving her 15th term in Congress, making her the most senior woman in the United States Congress. A lifelong resident of Toledo, she was elected to Congress in 1982 and was the first woman to serve on the Defense

Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. Congresswoman Kaptur is also a member of the House Budget Committee, the only Democrat to serve on both Appropriations and Budget. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and her master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan. Visit Congresswoman Kaptur’s website here.

Representative Betty Sutton, Congressional District 16

An attorney who represented first responders, nurses, and teachers, Congresswoman Betty Sutton is very much a product of Northeast Ohio.  After serving on the Summit County Council, Congresswoman Sutton became the youngest woman ever elected to the Ohio House at the age of twenty-eight. Since her election to Congress in 2006, Congresswoman Sutton has emerged as a persuasive voice for the middle-class, particularly her work on the hugely successful “Cash for Clunkers” program which created or saved over 60,000 auto industry jobs. She currently resides in Copley Township with her husband and their two rescue dogs. Visit Congresswoman Sutton’s website here.

Representative Marcia L. Fudge, Congressional District 11

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2010 to represent the 11th District of Ohio, an economically diverse area that encompasses a large part of the City of Cleveland and twenty-two suburbs. Congresswoman Fudge is a former mayor of Warrensville Heights and finance director for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. A native of Shaker Heights, Congresswoman Fudge received a law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University. Visit Congresswoman Fudge’s website here.

Our Congresswomen-to-Be

Joyce Beatty, Congressional District 3

Joyce Beatty was elected to the Ohio House in 2000, rising to become the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio’s history. After leaving the House, Ms. Beatty joined Ohio State University as Senior Vice President of Outreach and Engagement. Prior to running for political office, she was a successful small businesswoman in Columbus. Please visit her website here.

Joyce Healy-Abrams, Congressional District 7

Joyce Healy-Abrams is a small businesswoman and entrepreneur with a record of job creation in Ohio. In Congress, she will stand up for women, fight for seniors, and make job creation her #1 priority. No stranger to public service, her upbringing was rooted in serving the City of Canton and Stark County. Please visit her website here.

Sharen Neuhardt, Congressional District 10

Sharen Neuhardt is running for the newly created 10th Congressional District. Born in Dayton to a police officer and a sales clerk, Ms. Neuhardt was the first person on either side of her family to attend college. In Congress, she will focus on bringing jobs and economic security to the Miami Valley. Ms. Neuhardt is a law partner at Thompson Hine Law Firm. Please visit her website here.

Angela Zimmann, Congressional District 5

Angela Zimmann is running for Congress in Ohio’s newly created 5th Congressional District in Northwest Ohio. Her passion and path to victory this November is in serving the needs of the people of Northwest Ohio, not the drumbeat of Wall Street. Angela is a Lutheran Pastor and professor at Bowling Green State University. Please visit Angela’s website here.


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