Barbara Boyd

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Barbara Boyd
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 9th district
In office
January 2, 2007-December 31, 2014
Preceded by Claudette Woodard
Succeeded by Janine Boyd
In office
January 3, 1992 – December 31, 2000
Preceded by Judy Sheerer
Succeeded by Claudette Woodard
Personal details
Born (1942-04-24) April 24, 1942 (age 75)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Robert
Residence Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Alma mater Saint Paul's College
Profession Politician

Barbara Boyd (April 24, 1942) is a former Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the 9th District from 2007 to 2014, and the same district from 1993 until 2000.

Life and career[edit]

A graduate of St. Paul's College, Boyd worked on President Jimmy Carter's campaign as a start to politics. She became the first African American elected to Cleveland Heights City Council in 1983, where she would ultimately serve as mayor.[1]

Boyd has also worked with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, as well as with the Children's Defense Fund.

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

Boyd was originally elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1992, and would be reelected three times after before term limits forced her into retirement. In 2001, she was succeeded by Claudette Woodard.[1][2]

In 2006, Boyd was again eligible to run for her former House seat after sitting out for four years. She did so, and won handily with 83.66% of the vote. She would go forth and win a second term in 2008 with 87.55% of the vote. With Democrats retaking control of the House, Boyd would serve as Chairperson of the Health Committee for the 128th Ohio General Assembly. Boyd was most recently reelected to a third term in 2010 with 86% of the vote.[3] Currently, she is serving on the committee of Veteran's Affairs.

Boyd faced primary opposition in 2012 for her eighth term, but easily defeated challenger Howard Harris by securing 91.80% of the vote.[4] She was unopposed in the general election. She was term-limited in 2014 and succeeded by her daughter, Janine Boyd.


  1. ^ a b "Barbara Boyd, Representative". Ohio House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ohio Legislature's New Look Includes More Women". The Vindicator. 3 January 1993. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ohio House of Representatives: November 2, 2010". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "2012 Primary Election Results". Columbus Dispatch. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 

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