Tracy Maxwell Heard, the Democratic leader of the Ohio House of Representatives, will be the featured speaker for Heidelberg University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Jan. 21.
Through her public service, Heard is committed to securing an adequate and equitable school funding formula for Ohio’s children, strengthening the state’s communities and local governments and ensuring the political process is inclusive of Ohio’s diverse population.
Representing Ohio’s 26th House District (eastern and southern Columbus) for seven years. She was the first African American woman to be elected Majority Floor Leader and the second African American to hold that position. She is a graduate of the University of Akron who began her career as a television news anchor and then switched to a career in politics and consulting.
Heard has made criminal sentencing and collateral sanctions reform her platform issue. The passage of two related bills made Ohio a national leader in criminal justice issues, and provided a model of bipartisan cooperation for the General Assembly and beyond.
As part of its traditional MLK Day observation, Heidelberg will hold a Day On in Service on Monday, Jan. 20.
The annual Tiffin-Seneca MLK Community Dinner and program will be held on Monday night, Jan. 20, at Faith United Methodist Church, 75 N. Sandusky St.
The community is invited to Heidelberg’s MLK Day program at 11 a.m. Jan. 21 in Brenneman Concert Hall, free of charge.