Elma Valentine was born and raised in Franklin County and educated in Brice and Reynoldsburg. She was a Sunday school teacher for thirty years and served as superintendent of a Methodist Episcopal Sunday school. She had also taught in public schools prior to her marriage in 1908 and served as township chair of Food Conservation during World War I.
During her term as a state representative, she worked on legislation that permitted boards of education to hire dentists and physicians. She also served on the following House committees:
- Temperance, and
- Universities and Colleges.
Her civic involvement included serving as president of the Columbus and Franklin County Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTA). She also served as state advisor to PTA Council and state chair of PTAs in high schools, and past president of the Research and Linden Heights Chautauqua Clubs. She was a member of the Columbus Federation of Women's Clubs; Daughters of the American Revolution; Order of the Eastern Star; American Legion Auxiliary; Women's Christian Temperance Union; Women's Relief Corps; the League of Women Voters; the Women's Republican Club of Ohio; and the Buckeye Republican Club. She was also an honorary member of the Women's Association of Commerce, an organization devoted to advancing and protecting the interests of women in the commercial, professional, civic, and industrial world.
Biography courtesy of the Ohio Women's Policy and Research Commission