|Address||3825 Royal Rock |
Copley, Ohio , United States
|| July 31, 1963
Feb 20, 2018 12:41am
|Info||Betty Sue Sutton |
Through her career as a labor lawyer and in three elective offices, Betty Sutton has earned a reputation as an independent leader as well as a tenacious advocate for the people of Ohio. Betty has served the people of northeast Ohio in the State Legislature, the Summit County Council and the Barberton City Council, winning every race for public office she has undertaken.
Sutton, the youngest of six children, was born and raised in Barberton. Her mother was a clerk for the city library and her father worked in the local boiler maker factory. Betty attended public schools and graduated from Kent State University, where she studied political science. She then enrolled in Law School at the University of Akron, where she received a Dean's Club Scholarship and earned both the American Jurisprudence Award and Federal Bar Association Award for Outstanding Performance in Constitutional Law. During her first year of law school, Betty's father fell ill with lung cancer. Juggling classes and time at the hospital, Betty rededicated herself to the principles of public service instilled by her parents. Following her father's death, Betty continued law school while running for and winning an at-large seat on the Barberton City Council, beating out incumbent council members for the seat.
As a councilwoman, Betty made her mark on economic development issues that helped rehabilitate downtown Barberton. After just a year, a seat opened on the Summit County Council and Betty was encouraged to seek it. Sutton joined the crowded field and the members of the Democratic Central Committee chose Betty to represent them as an At-Large Member. Sutton soon emerged as a champion of good government and responsive constituent services, and worked to stop steep cuts in human services to the county's poor. In her second year on the Council, Betty was elected by her fellow members to serve as Vice President of the Council.
In 1993, Sutton won a hard-fought campaign for the Ohio House of Representatives. There she was a leader on a wide range of issues, including health care, pensions and retirement, and payment of prevailing wages on public construction projects. Betty served on the Commerce and Labor Committee and fought against an attack on workers compensation benefits. After the Republican-controlled legislature passed the harmful bill, Betty worked along side workers in northeast Ohio and across the state to repeal the anti-worker law through a referendum. While in the House, Sutton was recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers and received the Friend of Education Award from the Barberton Education Association.
After eight years, term limits prevented Betty from seeking re-election. She has continued her advocacy in the private sector as a labor lawyer with the firm of Faulkner, Muskovitz & Phillips LLP. There she represents first responders, teachers, nurses and other workers, fighting for fair wages, safe working conditions and family-sustaining benefits.
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