Nickie J. Antonio  is proud to  serve as the  newly elected (in 2018) State Senator for Ohio Senate District 23 (Brooklyn, Brooklyn Hts., Brookpark, Cleveland  Westside Wards, Cuyahoga Hts., Lakewood, Linndale, Middleburg Hts., Parma and Parma Hts).  This follows 8 years of service  as State Representative in the Ohio House. She was first  elected to this office in the November, 2010 Election following 5 years of service as a Lakewood City Council member (at-Large).  She previously lead her caucus as  Democratic Whip and Assistant Whip. She served as the  highest Ranking Minority Member of the Health Committee, the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee, the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee and was a member of  the House Committee of Finance and Appropriations and Higher Ed subcommittees.  She has also served on  the 21st Century Manufacturing Task Force and the Legislative Committee on Public Health Futures and Commerce and Labor Committee. Antonio is the past Chair for the Ohio House Democratic Women’s  Caucus, and is a past member of the Ohio House Progressive Caucus of Legislators and serves as State Director for  Women in Government. Nickie won her race for re-election in 2014 by receiving 73% of the vote. Antonio was elected to the At-Large seat for Lakewood City Council in November of 2005, was the top-vote getter in her second election returning her to council where she served  a total of five years. She chaired the Health and Human Services and the Economic Development committees and served on the Finance committee. She was also as a member of the Public Works committee, and is the previous chair of the Housing Committee. She also served as the Council liaison to the Community Relations Advisory Commission, a commission of which she is a founding member. As a Councilmember Antonio  worked  responsively and collaboratively in the community to improve the health, safety and viability of our city for all its citizens and championed sidewalk dining as an economic driver in the City. She is a strong proponent of the arts as an economic catalyst and believes that civic engagement is key to building a strong and safe community.

Antonio holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and a  Bachelor of Science degree in Education also from Cleveland State University. She also is an alumni of the Kennedy School of Government Leadership Program for State and Local Governments at Harvard University.

A former special education teacher, adjunct professor and non-profit administrator  of a women’s outpatient treatment program for Alcohol and other drugs. She has served in numerous capacities as an in organizational consultant for non-profit and governmental organizations and administrator for a multi-County HIV/AIDS regional program.

Antonio currently serves on  the Drug Court Advisory Committee for Cuyahoga County and the Community Relations Committee for the Beck Center. She is the past chair of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Event and Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus. She has been active in various civic organizations including membership in the Ohio Women’s Leadership Forum, Grow Lakewood Committee, Lakewood Schools Fifty Years Committee, The Beck Center, LHS Athletic Boosters, Lakewood Soccer Association and Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice. She also served as the Chair of the Lakewood Citizens Advisory Committee for three of her four years on the committee. Past advocacy involvement includes the creation of the 2003 “CommUNITY Conversations,” dialogue model that fosters neighborhood community building through positive communication and the development of a Women’s Peace and Community Conference at Cleveland State University in 2002. In 1996 she served as United States delegate to Japan and the Philippines with the IIE program-ASIA Pacific WINGS. She is a founding member and past Chair of the NorthCoast HIV/AIDS Coalition, past President of the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the National Organization for Women, and former board member of the Domestic Violence Center. Daughters Ariel and Stacey, both Lakewood High School graduates, have made Nickie and Jean Kosmac, partner/spouse of more than 24 years,  very proud.