|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 44th district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Edna Brown|
|House Minority Whip|
May 30, 2013
|Leader||Tracy Maxwell Heard|
|Preceded by||Tracy Maxwell Heard|
September 15, 1955 |
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
|Residence||Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Spring Arbor University|
Michael Ashford (born September 15, 1955) is the Minority Whip of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the Forty Fourth District since 2011. He represents more than 116,000 constituents in a district wholly within the city of Toledo.
Ashford, raised in Toledo, studied Sociology at the University of Nebraska and has a Master’s Degree from Spring Arbor University. 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. As a Toledo City Councilman representing District 4, Michael Ashford was first appointed to Council on January 2002, and then was honored by the support of District 4 residents in a special election and two general elections in 2003 and 2007 and served as president of Toledo City Council during 2007. He served as the chairman of the Public Utilities Committee during his Council service and campaigned for the passage of issue 79. Issue 79 was a ten-year lawsuit by U.S. EPA against the City of Toledo to address and correct aging in fracture, sewage discharge, and combined sewer overflows. The project started in 2003 and will be completed by 2018, improving the quality of water there for improving the quality of life. He also oversaw the creation of a major entertainment district in Downtown Toledo. Then Councilman Ashford tackled major budget issues while working closely with community development corporations and neighborhood organizations to secure dwindling government resources.
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 where he is the Ranking Member of the Agriculture and Development subcommittee, Insurance, and Public Utilities, and the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood.
- House Committee on Finance and Appropriations
- House Committee on Public Utilities
- House Committee on Insurance
- House Committee on Rules and Reference
- Joint Legislative Ethics Commission
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