BioIn her first run for elected office in November 2010, the voters of the 68th Ohio House District chose Kathleen Clyde as their Representative to the Ohio General Assembly.
This year, Kathleen is running for a second term and respectfully asks the residents of the 68th House District for their vote.
Kathleen was born and raised in Garrettsville, Ohio, a village of about 2,000 residents in northeast Portage County.
She graduated first in her class from James A. Garfield High School in Garrettsville, where she was an All-Portage County track & field athlete.
In 2001, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Following her graduation from college, Kathleen worked for two years at the Community Shelter Board in Columbus, an organization nationally recognized for its approach to ending homelessness in Ohio.
She then worked in the law offices of Donald McTigue, concentrating on election law issues.
Kathleen entered The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2005, graduating in 2008 as a Public Service Fellow with the Dean’s Highest Honors.
At OSU, Kathleen was an editor of the law review, president of the Public Interest Law Foundation, and a student researcher and analyst at OSU’s Election Law Center.
She also served as a law clerk for the Ohio Secretary of State and the Ohio Senate and earned a summer fellowship at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University for the study of election law.
After passing the bar exam in July 2008, Kathleen joined the Franklin County Board of Elections serving as an election official.
She supervised the set-up and operation of the Franklin County early voting center during the 2008 presidential election.
She then became Deputy Legal Counsel to Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish, where she worked on legal issues ranging from access to the courts to voting rights.
Kathleen is currently an associate in the Kent law firm of Williams, Welser, Kratcoski & Can. The firm focuses on family, real estate, and small business law. She is a noted expert in election law and has spoken on election law issues at Ohio State, Capital University and Harvard Law Schools.
Ohio House Finance & Appropriations Committee
Ohio House Finance & Appropriations Standing Subcommittee on Higher Education
Ohio House State Government & Elections Committee
Ohio House State Government Subcommittee on Redistricting
Ohio House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee
The Redistricting Reform Task Force
The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.