Meet Gayle

A lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, Gayle Manning has deep roots in our local community. From a young age, her parents instilled in her a deep sense of responsibility and a passion for service.

A veteran educator, Gayle served for 37 years as an elementary school teacher where her own love of learning and passion for children earned her numerous awards and recognitions.

In 1972 Gayle married her high school sweetheart, Jeff Manning. Together, the couple raised their two children in Lorain County where they also started and operated their own small business.

Gayle served one term on the North Ridgeville City Council where she presided both as Finance Chairman and Council President Pro Tempore. She now represents the people of Huron and Lorain Counties in the Ohio Senate and serves as the Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee – a role she has leveraged to protect the Ohio Turnpike from sale while shepherding passage of the state’s transportation budget, bringing increased investment to Northeast Ohio infrastructure projects.

In 2013, she joined the fight against Lorain County’s growing drug problem by sponsoring legislation to put lifesaving medication into the hands of local law enforcement to give overdose victims a second chance at life and the state a new tool with which we now fight drug abuse.

Gayle has also sponsored numerous pieces of legislation aimed at preventing crime and empowering victims and law enforcement by strengthening our laws against child enticement and putting new safeguards on how Ohio issues and enforces protection orders.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a master’s degree from the University of Akron. In her free time, Gayle is devoted to her growing family in her newest role as Conner and Avery’s grandmother.