Meet Teresa Fedor

Representative Teresa Fedor is serving her fourth term in the Ohio House of Representatives representing the 45th House District.  Representative Fedor is a Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives who has represented the 45th and 47th Districts since 2010. She was elected to the Ohio Senate in 2002 and served as a member until 2010, prior to that, the citizens of Toledo elected her to serve the 52nd district of the Ohio House of Representatives in 2000. A proud veteran, she served in the United States Air Force and Ohio Air National Guard, before receiving a B.S. in Education from the University of Toledo.  She spent 18 years in the classroom before pursuing public service.

Protecting our most vulnerable young Ohioans is a driving force for her.  Since joining the General Assembly, Representative Fedor has worked to improve opportunities for all citizens, especially for our children.  In 2009, the Governor signed her human trafficking legislation into law, which created a penalty enhancement for human trafficking and created a task force to study the problem in Ohio.  In 2010, the Governor signed into law landmark legislation that made human trafficking a stand-alone, second-degree felony.  In 2012, the Governor signed into law Rep. Fedor’s most comprehensive human trafficking legislation to date, Safe Harbor Act (H.B. 262). Most recently, the Governor signed into law Rep. Fedor’s H.B. 130 End Demand Act, a bill that tackles the market-driven demand for purchasing commercial sex by increasing penalties for purchasing sex from a minor among others.

Representative Fedor has introduced legislation that will curtail the growing problem of cyberbullying of school children; will honor literacy and educational attainment among children by celebrating a “Dia de Los Ninos”; will create physical and health education standards in Ohio’s schools; will require background checks for volunteer coaches; and will ensure that military children are given the same educational opportunities as other children.

Throughout her legislative career, Teresa Fedor has championed responsive and responsible government.  In the recent past, she has helped to unveil the Bureau of Workers Compensation coin scandal, made certain that Ohio’s voting machines leave a paper trail, and worked collaboratively with the majority and the governor during the last several budgets.

Representative Fedor has been recognized for her work as legislator. Here are just a few awards:  Legislator of the Year Awards from: Vietnam Veterans of America-Buckeye Chapter, the Second Harvest Food Banks, the Ohio Environmental Council, the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio State Association of Veterans Service Commissioners. She has also received the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, “Political Action Award,” the AmVets Department of Ohio “Legislator Award,” the Toledo NAACP “Outstanding Community Service” Award, Ohio Federation of Teachers “Friend of Education Award,” the “Public Servant of the Year Award” from the Ohio Association of Joint Vocational Schools, the “Phenomenal Women Award” from L’aime, Inc, the “Jastram Award” from the American Association of University Professors, the Lucas County Child Abuse Task Force Advocate Award, and was named the “Legislative Advocate” by the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs for her commitment to Latino issues. She was selected as a 2010 Henry Toll Fellow for State Government Officials, recognized by the American Heart Association for her leadership, increasing physical activity opportunities for Ohio’s school children, and awarded the 2012 Free 2 Laugh – Toledo, “Paladin Award” in recognition of exceptional dedication for helping trafficking victims. Most recently, she earned the Public Children’s Service Association of Ohio’s 2013 Legislator of the Year award, the 2013 YWCA Milestones, “A Tribute to Women” award, a 2013 Woman of Achievement Award from the Zonta Club of Toledo which is an international club, advancing the status of women worldwide and a Model of Justice Award from the Justice League of Ohio recognizing Rep. Fedor’s tireless advocacy addressing human trafficking.

Representative Fedor is the Ranking Member on the House Education Committee and also serves on the Committees for Veterans and Military Affairs.  She sits on the Human Trafficking Commission as the Chairperson of the Legislative and Legal Subcommittee. She is a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures Criminal Justice Committee and also a member of the American Legion.