Senator Edna Brown
Senate District 11
Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) was first elected to serve Ohio’s 11th Senate district in November 2010. Prior to joining the Senate, her dedication to public service led to a 32-year career as an employee with the city of Toledo, followed by an eight-year tenure as a member of Toledo City Council. She was appointed to the Statehouse in January 2002 to fill a vacated seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. Senator Brown was re-elected to the Senate in 2014. Senator Brown has been appointed to the Health & Human Services, Economic Development and Education Committees of the Midwest Council of State Governments. She was a founding member of the Greater Toledo Urban League. Senator Brown is a past chair of the Administration Board for Braden United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Executive Women’s Golf Association. Senator Brown’s idea to bring “no excuse” absentee voting to Ohio was incorporated into a bill that became state law in January 2006. For her efforts, the Ohio Association of Election Officials and the Ohio Secretary of State honored her with the Jack Wolfe Memorial Award as one of two “Legislators of the Year.” In 2007, Senator Brown first introduced a bill addressing violence in teen dating relationships. The teen dating violence bill (HB 10) became law in June 2010. Senator Brown’s efforts have garnered numerous awards.