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Kathleen Clyde

Kathleen Clyde (born May 18, 1979) is a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving from the 75th District since 2011.

Kathleen Clyde
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 75th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Kathleen Chandler
Personal details
Born (1979-05-18) May 18, 1979 (age 39)
Garrettsville, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Wesleyan University (BA)
Ohio State University, Columbus (JD)



Clyde is originally from Garrettsville, Ohio. She was the valedictorian of her class at James A. Garfield High School.[1] After graduation from the Michael E. Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, where she served as an editor of the law review, Clyde served as Speaker of the House Armond Budish's deputy legal counsel.[2] She also has worked in the Secretary of State's Office and the Ohio Senate. Clyde is a former president of the Public Interest Law Foundation.[3]

Ohio House of RepresentativesEdit

When incumbent Democrat Kathleen Chandler faced term limits in 2010, Clyde was one of three Democratic challengers who sought to replace Chandler, along with Sean Buchanan and Rick Hawksley.[4] Clyde won the nomination with 56.8% of the electorate.[5] In the general election, Clyde faced three opponents: Republican Roak Zeller, Constitution Party candidate Daniel Cartwright, and Independent Richard Duncan.[6] She defeated all three with 48% of the vote to take the seat.[7]

Clyde was sworn into her first term on January 3, 2011, and is serving on the committees of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Finance and Appropriations and its Higher Education Subcommittee; and State Government and Elections with its Subcommittee on Redistricting.

In 2012, Clyde won reelection with 60.77% of the vote over Republican Nick Skeriotis. She represents the 75th District, which replaced the 68th District.

Initiatives and positionsEdit

Clyde has been critical of a plan by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to allow voters to register on-line and not give them as much time to cast absentee ballots. "Voting is already a confusing process, and I think this muddies it even further," said Rep. Clyde, who was director of the Early Voting Center in Franklin County in 2008. "It discourages voting," Clyde said of Husted's attempt to limit the amount of time voters had to cast absentee ballots.[8]

Secretary of State campaignEdit

She launched a bid to serve as the Ohio Secretary of State on May 16, 2017.[9] The election will be held in 2018.


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