Senator Tavares and Representative Boggs Host Mandela Fellows

Senator Tavares and Representative Boggs host Mandela Fellows at Ohio Statehouse

Senator Charleta Tavares and Representative Kristin Boggs hosted the Mandela Washington Fellows for a panel discussion on July 13, 2017. After touring the Ohio Statehouse and other sites at Capitol Square in Columbus, the Fellows enaged in a wide-ranging discussion with the two members of the Ohio General Assembly. Fellows learned about the bicameral system of legislature in Ohio and engaged the

Charleta B. Tavares is the first African-American and Democrat female to serve in the state legislature from Franklin County, Ohio (House and Senate) and the first African-American woman ever to hold a leadership position in the history of the Ohio General Assembly. She is assistant minority leader in the Ohio Senate and represented the 15th District since 2011. A committed public servant, she has served since 2011 as the State Senator, which includes, Bexley and parts of Grandview Heights as well as the historic neighborhoods of the city of Columbus. Tavares previously served as member of Columbus City Council from 1999-2010. Prior to joining Council, Tavares left a legacy for the citizens of Ohio during her 5 ½-year tenure in the Ohio General Assembly as the State Representative in the 22nd House District.

Kristin S. Boggs is the state representative for the 18th District of the Ohio House of Representatives, which consists of Columbus, Bexley, Grandview Heights and parts of central Franklin County. Representative Boggs is a dedicated public servant and an advocate for a strong public education system, economic opportunity for working people and a fair and compliant election process. She is committed to being a strong voice for Ohio’s working class by fighting for fair wages and economic security, and her passionate advocacy work extends to important issues such as voting rights, affordable education and domestic violence. After graduating from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Boggs joined the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, serving as an assistant attorney general for nearly 10 years. In the Attorney General’s office, Boggs assisted some of Ohio’s most vulnerable populations in recovering from crimes of financial exploitation and physical abuse.