|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 48th district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Edna Brown|
September 15, 1955 |
|Alma mater||University of Nebraska|
Michael Ashford is a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the Forty Eighth District since 2011.
Ashford, raised in Toledo, studied Sociology at the University of Nebraska. He has spent his career working to organize the community through the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Ashford began his political career as a member of the Toledo City Council, first appointed in 2002, and serving until 2010.
Ohio House of Representatives 
With incumbent Edna Brown unable to seek reelection to the House due to term limits, Ashford entered the race. He was unopposed in the primary, and beat Republican Carolyn Eyre in the general election by 15,000 votes. Ashford was sworn into his first term on January 3, 2011. He serves on the committees of Finance and Appropriations, Financial Institutions, Housing, and Urban Development, Insurance, and Public Utilities, and the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood.
Policies and initiatives 
Ashford is critical of the Ohio Republican Party plan to end collective bargaining for state employees. "I think they think that by doing this they're going to create jobs and welcome home people," he said. "I don't know where they got their business philosophy, because this will have a devastating financial impact on the state."
- The Ohio House of Representatives: Representative Mike Ashford (D-Toledo) official site
- Michael Ashford- Toledo City Council