Nickie is the first openly LGBTQ elected official in the Ohio General Assembly
State Representative & Minority Whip of the Ohio General Assembly Nickie J. Antonio launched a historic State Senate race in 2018 to become the first woman and first member of the LGBTQ community to serve in SD23. Nickie is a progressive, pragmatic leader and a champion for LGBTQ equality, women’s rights, good jobs, education, healthy environment, healthy communities. She is known to reach across the aisle to get things done. Nickie is serving in her fourth elected term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She is known as a champion and leader in health policy, women’s reproductive rights, workers’ rights, environmental policy and a proven advocate for equity & fairness. She currently serves as the highest-ranking member of the Health and Joint Medicaid Oversight committees. A member of Finance & Appropriations, Rules & Reference and Joint Legislative Ethics Committees. She was the Joint lead sponsor for the historic Adoption Open Records law (SB23/HB61). Nickie has introduced an LGBTQ Fairness Act in each of her 4 terms amongst many pieces of legislation focused on improving the lives of all Ohioans. There have been no anti-LGBTQ bills passed on her watch. Nickie and wife/partner of 23 years, Jean Kosmac, have 2 daughters; Ariel and Stacey who make their mothers very proud every day. She made history in 2010, becoming the first openly serving lesbian or gay member ever elected in the 208 year history of the Ohio General Assembly and again when elected Minority Whip.