April Profile: State Rep. Michael Ashford

Leading Toledo’s 4th District

State Representative Michael Ashford (D-44th District) is serving his fourth term in the Ohio House of Representatives. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Ashford graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and also earned a master’s degree from Spring Arbor University. Rep. Ashford relocated to Toledo in 1988 as a Unit Director for the Homer Hannah Boys and Girls Club and later worked for the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo.

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Ashford was appointed to Toledo City Council, representing District 4, in January 2002 and won election to the seat in 2003 and 2007. He served as president of Toledo City Council in 2007, overseeing the creation of an entertainment district in downtown Toledo.

Ashford, Minority Whip for the 130th General Assembly, also served on the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood where he advocated for Ohio’s children. As a trustee of Indiana Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, he has worked with other area ministers and church congregations in his professional and public servant capacity.

Ashford, his wife, Ruth, and their children reside in a home they renovated in the historic Old West End.

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