Ohio black lawmakers expand beyond urban cores in election

(Nov. 9, 2018) The number of black lawmakers serving at the Statehouse will remain at 19 next session after Democrats picked up a Republican-held suburban Cleveland seat on Tuesday.

The victory by Democrat Phil Robinson, flipping the 6th District, ensures that black representation at the Statehouse will remain at 14 percent of all legislative seats in a state where black residents make up about 13 percent of the population. It also is another example of black representatives expanding beyond traditional urban centers.

From Columbus Dispatch