She is the proud wife of Howard D. Heard and daughter of Mrs. Annie L. Maxwell and the late Robert S. Maxwell, Jr.
BA, Communications, University of Akron.
Upon graduation, she broke boundaries and shattered glass ceilings by becoming a news anchor with an ABC affiliate in less than six months.
Tracy followed her journalism career with a launch into politics working for the Clinton-Gore campaign in 1996. This would inevitably lead her to The Ohio State Capital where she served as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio Senate.
Realizing that life is a series of building blocks, Tracy quickly parlayed her political experience and maximized her contacts into an opportunity to do what she had been waiting to do - become an entrepreneur. Millennium Solutions, Inc. (MSI) was created in 1998 as a political and public relations consulting firm. Heard paused the activities of MSI to take on a post as Executive Director of the Livingston Avenue Collaborative for Community Development (LACCD) - a non-profit community development corporation.
Tracy Maxwell Heard has a fundamental belief that "service is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on the earth." To that end, she serves on numerous community and civic boards.
For seven years, Leader Heard has represented the 26th District in the House, which includes eastern and southern parts of Ohio’s capital city - Columbus. She first made history when House Democrats elected her the first African American woman to be Majority Floor Leader in 2009; and only the second African American to hold that position since William L. Mallory, Sr.’s unrivaled 28-year tenure. Heard also served as the Democratic Whip from 2011 to 2013.
Deaconess Board at Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio.
Heard's legislative leadership and accomplishments have been recognized across the state and nation having received: 2011 Representative C.J. McLin Award from Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections; 2011 Ray Collier Special Recognition Award from Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; 2010 Ohio Democratic Party Gertrude W. Donahey Public Service Award; Fraternal Order of Police - The 2008 Challenge Coin Award; and the national award as an "Afterschool Champion" from the National Afterschool Alliance.