Born and raised in Akron, State Representative Emilia Strong Sykes was elected to represent her hometown in November 2014. She has worked with healthcare professionals and colleagues to improve public health, increase access to care, and combat Ohio’s high infant mortality rate. Sykes attended Kent State University, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology. She later attended the University of Florida, where she earned a Juris Doctorate with a Certificate in Family Law from the Levin College of Law and a Master’s of Public Health from the College of Public Health and Health Professions.