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Jeffrey Johnson Ward 10
Councilman Jeffrey Johnson represents Ward 10, an area that includes South Collinwood, St Clair-Superior, Glenville, Euclid Park and Nottingham Village neighborhoods.
Councilman Johnson was born and raised in Cleveland and is a graduate of Collinwood High School. Following graduation from Kent State University, Councilman Johnson accepted a fellowship to study City Planning and Development from Cornell University for a semester before attending law school at Case Western Reserve University. He graduated in 1984 with his law degree and a Master’s Degree in Political Science.
In 1984, Councilman Johnson was appointed as Councilman for Ward 8 as then-Councilman Michael White was appointed to the Ohio State Senate. He was then elected as the Ward 8 Councilman and was re-elected two times in 1985 and 1989.
Councilman Johnson was co-sponsor of the city’s first Fair Housing law and led a successful effort to establish Cleveland’s Sex Crime and Child Abuse Investigative Unit in the Cleveland Police Department. During his tenure, the Ward 8 area received new economic and housing development projects including the Glenville Plaza, Eastside Market and Abyssinia Towers, a senior citizen apartment complex.
In December of 1989, Councilman Johnson was appointed to the Ohio State Senate following then State Senator White’s election as Mayor of Cleveland. He was elected to the position the following year and re-elected in 1994. During the nine years he served in the Ohio Senate, Councilman Johnson sponsored a law creating the Ohio Infant Health Commission, and co-sponsored diverse legislation covering major issues including workplace discrimination, education reform, economic development, criminal justice reform and more. He led the successful fight to keep Central State University open in 1997 while serving as President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC).
Councilman Johnson returned to Cleveland City Hall in 2002 as an assistant to then Mayor Jane Campbell. He was promoted to the Mayor’s Cabinet a year later as Director of the Department of Community Relations.
In 2007, Councilman Johnson became the Executive Director of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus where he was responsible for overseeing the organization’s public policy agenda and its political action committee projects. He also directed the OLBC Foundation, a non-profit group focused on public policy development and community outreach.
Councilman Johnson, who was recently married, serves as a member of City Council's Health & Human Services, Municipal Services & Properties, Transportation, and Workforce & Community Benefits committees.
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Jeffrey Johnson Ward 10
Ward Office: 216-761-5151
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