The legislative branch is made up of the House and Senate, known collectively as the Congress. Among other powers, the legislative branch makes all laws, declares war, regulates interstate and foreign commerce and controls taxing and spending policies.
Also referred to as a congressman or congresswoman, each representative is elected to a two-year term serving the people of a specific congressional district. Through legislative debate and compromise, the U.S. Congress makes laws that influence our daily lives. It holds hearings to inform the legislative process, conducts investigations to oversee the executive branch, and serves as the voice of the people and the states in the federal government.
U.S. Senators (6yrs)
Every two years, following the congressional elections, a new class of senators comes to the Capitol to assume the duties of United States senators. The framers of the Constitution created the United States Senate to protect the rights of individual states and safeguard minority opinion in a system of government designed to give greater power to the national government. The Senate maintains several powers to itself: It ratifies treaties by a two-thirds super-majority vote and confirms the appointments of the President by a majority vote. The consent of the House of Representatives is also necessary for the ratification of trade agreements and the confirmation of the Vice President.
2020 Ohio Congressional seats up for reelection.
House of Representatives (2ys)
As per the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws. The House is one of Congress’s two chambers. The number of voting representatives in the House is fixed by law at no more than 435, proportionally representing the population of the 50 states. The Constitution vests certain exclusive powers in the House of Representatives, including the right to initiate impeachment proceedings and to originate revenue bills.
Ohio Congressional Breakdown
Ohio U.S. Senators (Terms for senators in Class I expire in 2025, Class II in 2021, and Class III in 2023.) The Ohio State Senate is one of 86 state legislative chambers holding elections in 2020. A total of 16 seats out of the chamber’s 33 seats are up for election in 2020.
Brown, Sherrod – (D – OH) Class I Since Jan 4, 2007 Next Election in 2024
Portman, Rob – (R – OH) Class III Since Jan 5, 2011 Next Election in 2022
Bob Gibbs/Republican Since Jan 3, 2013 Next election in 2020
U.S. House of Representatives: (Ohio Congresspersons)
Ohio House of Representatives
Kent Smith-Ohio House of Representatives District 8 (D) Cleveland, East Cleveland, Euclid, Richmond Heights Shaker, Beachwood, South Euclid, Woodmere, and University Heights
Janine Boyd-Ohio House of Representatives District 9 (D) Cleveland, Euclid, East Cleveland, Richmond Heights, South Euclid,and Beachwood.
Terrence Upchurch-Ohio House of Representatives District 10 (D) Cleveland, Bratenal, and South Collinwood
Stephanie Howse-Ohio House of Representatives District 11 (D) Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Shaker, South Euclid and University Heights
Juanita Brent-Ohio House of Representatives District 12 (D) Cleveland, Bedford, Beachwood, Highland, Orange, Pepper Pike, Woodmere, and Mayfield Heights
Ohio State Senate-A total of 16 seats out of the chamber’s 33 seats are up for election in 2020.
Sandra Williams-Ohio State Senate District 21/(D)
Cuyahoga County Council Members
District 7: Yvonne M. Conwell
District 8: Pernel Jones, Jr., Vice-President
District 9: Shontel Brown
Cleveland City Council
The Ohio General Assembly is the state legislature of Ohio. It consists of the 99-member Ohio House of Representatives and the 33-member Ohio State Senate.
Currently, five of the court’s seven judges are Republicans.
French faces a Democratic challenger in Jennifer Bruner, a former Ohio Secretary of State and current judge on Ohio’s 10th District Court of Appeals.
Kennedy will face Democrat John P. O’Donnell, currently a judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.
The Supreme Court of Ohio (6yrs)
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor
Justice Sharon L. Kennedy
Justice Judith L. French
Justice Patrick F. Fischer
Justice R. Patrick DeWine
Justice Michael P. Donnelly
Justice Melody J. Stewart
Appellate Judges: District 8
Patricia Ann Blackmon, Mary J. Boyle, Frank D. Celebrezze Jr., Eileen A. Gallagher, Eileen T. Gallagher, Sean C. Gallagher, Raymond C. Headen, Larry A. Jones Sr., Kathleen Ann Keough,
Mary Eileen Kilbane, Anita Laster Mays, Michelle J. Sheehan
Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court
Dick Ambrose, Janet R. Burnside, Deena R. Calabrese, Cassandra Collier-Williams, Maureen Clancy, Brian J. Corrigan, Peter J. Corrigan, Carolyn B. Friedland, Stuart A. Friedman,
Nancy A. Fuerst, Kelly Ann Gallagher, Hollie L. Gallagher, Shannon M. Gallagher, Steve Gall, Daniel Gaul, Michael E. Jackson, Wanda Jones, David T. Matia, Robert C. McClelland
Timothy McCormick, Nancy R. McDonnell, Sherrie Miday, John P. O’Donnell, John J. Russo, Joseph D. Russo, Michael J. Russo, Nancy Margaret Russo, Shirley Strickland Saffold,
Michael Shaughnessy, Brendan J. Sheehan, John D. Sutula, Kathleen Ann Sutula, Joan Synenberg, Deborah M. Turner
Domestic Relations Division
Leslie Ann Celebrezze, Rosemary Grdina Gold, Francine Goldberg, Tonya Jones, Cheryl S. Karner, Diane M. Palos
Patrick F. Corrigan, Alison Nelson Floyd, Thomas F. O’Malley, Denise Nancy Rini, Michael John Ryan (Ohio), Kristin W. Sweeney
Probate Division Cleveland
Anthony J. Russo, Laura J. Gallagher
Cleveland Municipal Court
Lauren C. Moore, Emanuella Groves,, Shiela Turner McCall, Marilyn B. Cassidy, Pinkey S. Carr, Charles L. Patton, Joseph J. Zone, Suzan Marie Sweeney, Michael L. Nelson, Sr.,
Jazmin Torres-Lugo, Michelle Denise Earley, Ronald J.H. O’Leary, Ann Clare Oakar
Cleveland Housing Court
Court Of Claims
Dale A. Crawford
Patrick M. McGrath