Capri Cafaro (Democrat)

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ResidenceLiberty Township, OH
EducationI graduated from Stanford University with a BA in American Studies in 1997 and from Georgetown University with a MALS in International Studies in 2001. I am also currently earning my Masters of Social Work at The Ohio State University as a part-time student.
EmployerOhio Senate
Family in office?None in Ohio. My sister, Renee Cafaro was formerly employed by both the Manhattan Borough President and the Governor of New York. She is currently a member of Manhattan Community Board 5.
Time in areaMy great-grandparents came to my community at the turn of the 20th Century as immigrants from Italy and Ukraine. I am the forth generations that has lived in Trumbull County, and have been at my curre
Reasons for runningI pride myself on being fair-minded and effective as a legislator, and accessible and responsive to the people of the 32nd District.

Working for you is something I take seriously. That is why I do my best to personally speak with everyone I can who contacts my offices by any means of communication. I do not take my Senate pay, but rather use those funds to operate a district office to better serve your needs locally. And, I turned down state-offered health care coverage because there are so many of you who do not have coverage.
Priorities 1. Enhancing economic development and job creation by extending Job Creation/Expansion Tax Credit eligibility to benefit smaller businesses, continuing regulatory reform efforts to make climate more conducive for small business and supporting workforce development programs related to the oil and gas industry.

2. Streamlining health care access by passing the bill I sponsored to improve prompt pay to health care providers and by finally reforming Skilled Nursing Facility reimbursement structure by building upon the value-based quality reimbursement measures we passed in 2012.

3. Strengthening public education by implementing common sense constraints on Ed Choice vouchers, requiring equitable accountability and transparency for any educational institution that receives public dollars and passing a bill to create a pilot program for gifted education.
QualificationsElected Experience:
I am a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 32nd Senate District since January 2007 when I was appointed to the 127th General Assembly. I currently serves as the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Standing Committees on Health, Human Services, and Aging and Highways and Transportation. I am also a member of the Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee, as well as the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. I previously served as the Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee and continues to serve the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee. I have been appointed to and currently serves on the Health Care Coverage and Quality Council, the Ohio Rail Development Commission, the Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council, the Joint Committee on Gaming and Wagering, the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging, the Redistricting, Reapportionment and Demographic Research Task Force, and the Unified Long Term Care Services and Supports Group.

Record of Achievement:
Over the last five years, I have secured $3.6 million for projects throughout the area and over $33 million in economic development-related funds that resulted in retaining 5,150 jobs and creating 1,031 jobs in the 32nd district.

I was instrumental in achieving much needed infrastructure improvements for water and sewer lines in Trumbull and Ashtabula counties. I helped rewrite the costly laws governing septic tanks, fought for property owner’s rights through updating eminent domain legislation and a Constitutional amendment protecting water rights under the great lakes compact. I advocated for Buy American provisions, and for fairness to all Delphi retirees, both salaried and hourly. I stood up for local control and safety under the oil and gas law revision. And of course, spoke loud and clear to protect collective bargaining for our public employees.

As the ranking member on the Senate Transportation Committee, I was part of negotiating the 2007 transportation budget. As Ranking Member on the Senate Finance Committee in 2008, I helped stop a bill that would have decimated prevailing wage in Ohio and fought for fairness for those who used payday-lending services. And as Minority Leader, I was a key member of the negotiating team that helped save Ohio’s public education system that stood to lose $833 million in state aid if the General Assembly was unable to come to a consensus in 2009.

I was honored to fight for this area’s economic growth as a member of the Auto Task Force, the Regulatory Reform Task Force and as Vice Chair of the Bio-Products and Polymers Task Force. I secured funding for the Warren business incubator, helped pass the regulatory reform law that makes Ohio more attractive and user friendly to businesses large and small, and authored a bill to create a bio-based products state procurement standards that became law in 2010.

More recently, I sponsored SB 314, creating the new Development Service Agency in Ohio, the Tourism Ohio pilot program, and enhanced flexibility for both the Small Business Capital Access Program, and the Ohio Enterprise Bond Fund. This bill was signed into law in June 2012.

My commitment to health care, seniors and social services has been unwavering throughout my tenure. I serve on countless committees and have introduced several bills that are aimed at addressing the needs of those who need our support most. I fought for additional funding to support our Second Harvest Food Banks, and for fairness in our skilled nursing facility funding.

Finally, I am honored to have earned several awards during my tenure in the Ohio Senate, including:
2007-08 Legislator of the Year Award by the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses
2008 Woman of the Year Award by the Liberty Historical Society. 
2008 Friend of Agriculture by the Ohio Farm Bureau. 
2008 of the five MVP’s in her “40 under 40” Class selected and hosted by the Mahoning Valley 20/30 Club.
2009 Legislator of the Year, the Ohio Speech and Hearing Governmental Affairs Coalition
2009 the Ohio Farmer’s Union
2009 AMVETS Department of Ohio
2009 Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers’ Association and the Soybean Association
2009 and 2011 Ohio Jewish Communities
2010 and 2011, Ohio’s Homecare and Hospice Association
2011, Youth Leadership Award from the National Italian American Foundation
2011 Legislator of the Year Award, on behalf of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus, from the Ohio State Lodge the Fraternal Order of Police
Positions on the issues My Position on Relevant Issues:
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Offices Sought Congress:
OH-14, 2004
OH-13, 2006
Offices Held One year after becoming a member of the Ohio General Assembly, I secured a leadership position as Assistant Minority Whip for the Senate Democrats. My hard work and dedication was quickly acknowledged by my peers and in January 2009, I was sworn in as Senate Minority Leader. I served as the Minority Leader until January of 2012, making me the longest-serving Senate Minority Leader since the late 1990’s. During my tenure as Leader, Senate Democrats passed more bills than under any other leadership in the last decade.