W. Carlton Weddington

House : 2009 - 2012 (128th and 129th General Assemblies)
Senate :
Home : Columbus
Occupation(s) : Legislator
Party : Democrat

W. Carlton Weddington proudly served the state of Ohio as the 27th District House Representative. In the 128th General Assembly, Weddington served as committee Vice Chair of Local Government and Public Administration, is a member of Education, Financial Institutions Real Estate and Securities, and the Agriculture and Natural Resources committees.


Weddington serves as Chair of the Cancer Caucus of the Ohio General Assembly and represents the Ohio House on the Commission on African-American Males, the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission, the Speed to Scale Task Force, and the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood where he will oversee the activities of the commission and provide valuable insight from the state legislature. He is the Secretary of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus PAC and the Chair of the 11th Annual African American Legislator's Day Luncheon. Weddington served on the Columbus Board of Education from 2006 until he resigned following his election to the Ohio House of Representatives in November 2008.


Weddington holds a B.A. in political science from Hampton University where he was a member of the 1989 NCAA Div. II National Championship Men's Tennis Team.


Just prior to coming to the Legislature, Rep. Weddington served three years as a member of the Columbus City School Board, working as Chairman of the Audit and Accountability Committee, on the Board & City Standing Committee and the African American Advisory Committee. He was a Board Trustee to the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) and President of the OSBA's Central Region. He also sat on the Council of Urban Boards of Education and the Auditor of State's Regional Advisory Council. Rep. Weddington also worked as Liaison Officer for the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services.


Prior posts include Manager for the Franklin County Clerk of Courts, former Legislative Aide to Columbus City Council member Les Wright, and Caseworker/Staff Assistant for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee of Houston, Texas.


Rep. Weddington, who lives in the historic Olde Towne East community on Columbus' near east side, is a former Near East Area Commissioner and Co-Founder of The New Leaders-Columbus. In 2000, Ebony Magazine tabbed Rep. Weddington as one of its "30 Leaders of the Future Under 30," and in 2006, Columbus Business First placed him on its "Forty under 40" list. He is a board member of the non-profit "I Know I Can" and IMPACT Community Action.


He is a member of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., St. Mark's #7, Prince Hall Masonic Lodge and The Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Lambda Boule.