State Senator Nickie J. Antonio is serving her first elected term in the Ohio Senate after serving four terms in the state’s House of Representatives.
She has been a dedicated champion of workers’ rights, high-quality education, local governments, equal rights for women and the LGBTQ community, healthcare for all and fighting the opioid crisis.
Sen. Antonio is recognized as a leader who reaches across the aisle to get things done. As a result, she has worked to pass legislation such as Ohio’s historic adoption open records law and a step therapy reform law. During each of her four terms in the House, Antonio introduced the Ohio Fairness Act to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, a bill to end Ohio’s use of the death penalty and an array of other bills focused on improving the lives of all Ohioans. Antonio continues to be an established expert in health policy.
Sen. Antonio represents Senate District 23 which includes Parma, Parma Heights, Brooklyn, Brook Park, Lakewood, Middleburg Heights, Linndale and parts of Cleveland’s west side.
The first in her family to graduate from college, Sen. Antonio holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University (CSU) as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from CSU. She is an alumna of the Harvard Kennedy School Senior and Executive Leadership Program for State and Local Governments.
Sen. Antonio and her wife, Jean Kosmac, have two adult daughters.