Prizm News / January 8, 2019 / By Bob Vitale
(Photo courtesy of the Ohio Senate, via Twitter)

The Lakewood Democrat says jobs, healthcare, fairness and equality remain at the top of her agenda.


By Bob Vitale

History-making legislator Nickie Antonio took her official oath Monday as the new state senator from Ohio’s 23rd District.

The Democrat from Lakewood, who in 2011 became the first out lesbian and first out LGBTQ Ohioan to serve in the State House, became the first out lesbian and first out LGBTQ Ohioan sworn in to the Ohio Senate. She was elected to the district’s open seat in November with 65 percent of the vote.


“I have had the distinct honor of serving my community for the past eight years and now have the privilege of continuing to do so in the Ohio Senate,” Antonio said via Twitter. “I look forward to continue fighting for good jobs, health care, and fairness and equality for all Ohioans.”

Antonio, with her wife, Jean Kosmac, at her side, was sworn in by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart. She placed her hand on a copy of “The Woman’s Bible,” an 1895 book by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Antonio is a former special education teacher and Lakewood City Council member. In addition to her hometown of Lakewood, the 23rd Senate District includes much of Cleveland’s West Side and the Cuyahoga County suburbs of Brook Park, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, Linndale, Middleburg Heights, Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills.