Representative Catherine Barrett was a legislator for the 32nd District of Ohio. As she continued her fourth term in office, Representative Barrett continued to push for bills to ensure the education and health of children, insurance for the underprivileged, access to affordable housing, and a quality of economic stability for all Ohioans.
As a legislator, Representative Barrett served on the Education Committee, Health Committee, Children's Health Care and Family Services Subcommittee and the Insurance Committee. She has also previously served on the Finance & Appropriations Committee, Local Government and Township Committee and the Technology and Elections Committee. She was also the Chair of the Ohio House Women's Democratic Caucus and previously served as the Vice Chair.
Representative Barrett has a long history of public service. She has served as the Mayor of Forest Park in Cincinnati for two terms and sat on City Council for four terms. She is also very active in civic organizations such as: NOBEL/Women; Women in Government; National Foundation of Women Legislators; Women Legislator's Lobby; Children's Environmental Health Center; Ohio Legislative Black Caucus; Advisory Board of Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce; League of Women Voters; Cincinnati Woman's Political Caucus and the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Regional Council of Governments
Outside of the legislative house, Representative Barrett is a financial consultant for various small businesses, a business owner and a financial analyst at General Electric Company. As a consultant and advisor to small businesses, she helps to develop and implement their financial systems and procedures, including budgets; cash forecasting; cash flow analysis; cost analysis; accounts receivable; accounts payable; and payroll. She helps companies to identify and minimize risk exposure while maximizing efficiency.
Representative Barrett received her B.A. in Business Administration from The Union Institute in Cincinnati and her master curriculum at Antioch University focused upon financial planning. She has also graduated as a fellow from Harvard JFK Senior Executives in State and Local Government; Center for Policy Alternatives Flemming Fellows Institute and the Council of State Governments Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development. She was also awarded a fellowship with the Eleanor Roosevelt Global Leadership Institute.
She has received the Cincinnati Herald's 2004 Nefertiti Award, the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks "Ohio Hunger Heroine Award", the E-Com-Ohio's Legislative Wired Award 2001 and has also garnered recognition in Who's Who of Society, Who's Who of U.S. Executives, and Who's Who Worldwide.