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Charleta Tavares

Senator & Assistant Minority Leader, Ohio State Senate

Senator Tavares has served in the Ohio State Senate since 2011. She currently serves as the Senate ranking member on both the Ways and Means and the Health and Human Services Committees. Tavares previously served as member of Columbus City Council from 1999-2010. Prior to joining Council, Tavares served in the Ohio General Assembly as a State Representative. Tavares is the first African-American woman ever to hold a leadership position in the history of the Ohio General Assembly. Tavares is the President/CEO of Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, Inc. (CNHC), a federally qualified primary healthcare system to provide access to services that improve the health status of families including people experiencing financial, social, or cultural barriers to health care. Tavares previously served as Executive Director of the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC). She is a native of Columbus. She attended Eastmoor High School, Spellman College in Atlanta, GA, and The Ohio State University.