Representative Alicia Reece
Immediate past President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) is serving her fourth term as state representative in the 33rd Ohio House District.
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A graduate of Withrow High School International Studies Academy, Rep. Reece earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Grambling State University in Louisiana where she studied Public Relations and minored in Spanish. While in college, Rep. Reece was a strong advocate for civil rights and voting rights, leading a voter registration and mobilization campaign that activated thousands of college students.
A staunch opponent of voter disenfranchisement, suppression, and intimidation, she launched a campaign for a historic Voter Bill of Rights Constitutional Amendment in Ohio and in other states across the country. The Voter Bill of Rights is a nonpartisan, grassroots effort to protect voting rights in Ohio by putting a state constitutional amendment on the ballot. The movement has already collected over 100,000 paper signatures statewide. She unveiled the plan at the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s March on Washington on August 24, where she served as one of the speakers.
Before serving in the Ohio House, she served as Vice Mayor of Cincinnati and was a City Councilwoman. Rep Reece also served as the Assistant Director of Tourism in the Ohio Department of Development, where she helped oversee a $39 billion industry employing 400,000 Ohioans. She also served as the Interim Director of the State of Ohio Film Office where she authored the rules for the state’s film tax credits which has attracted major films to the state and generated employment opportunities and millions in economic impact. Rep. Reece served as Vice Chair of DNC Convention and served on the DNC Platform drafting committee where she helped author the voting rights and criminal justice reform sections of the DNC Platform.
As the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus president she launched the State of Black Ohio Action Agenda that led to the largest minority business spend ($300million) in Ohio history, increased funding for Central State University, secured hundreds of thousands in funding for job training partnerships with Urban Leagues and Community Action Agencies, and hosted an historic Power of the Black Vote convention in Cincinnati with Vernon Jordan and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. She is most proud of the $100million Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. new state highway exchange she championed that connects hospitals, technology, and jobs. It’s the only new highway exchange currently in the state of Ohio.
Rep. Reece is an active member of New Friendship Baptist Church. She is a current member of the Order of Eastern Stars, NAACP, and is a founding member of the National Urban League of Young Professionals Cincinnati. She is a national board member of Rev. Al. Sharpton's National Action Network and a former board member of the Cincinnati United Way, Cincinnati Health Collaborative, Greater Cincinnati Health Foundation.
Rep. Reece is also the proud aunt of six nieces and nephews.