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The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, formally known as the Black Elected Democrats of Ohio (BEDO), is an American political organization composed of African Americans elected to the Ohio General Assembly.



The purpose for establishing OLBC was to recognize and address the hopes, aspirations and needs of African Americans in Ohio. The organization continues to help ensure equality for all citizens by promoting, fostering and sponsoring educational, civic and political initiatives. Its primary focus is public policy advocacy and development, as well as, significant involvement in state and national electoral politics.


The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus was founded in 1967 by African American state legislators under the leadership of State Representative C.J. McLin of Dayton, Ohio (Deceased)

Current membership

List of officers:[1]

District Officers Position
33 (House) Tyrone Yates President
21 (Senate) Shirley Smith 1st VP
48 (House) Edna Brown 2nd VP
39 (House) Clayton Luckie 3rd VP
9 (Senate) Eric Kearney Treasurer
26 (House) Tracy Maxwell Heard Secretary
12 (House) Michael DeBose Sgt-at-arms
27 (House) Joyce Beatty Parliamentarian



  1. ^ "Members". Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. Retrieved 2008-04-30.  


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