Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Representative Howse has lived most of her life in the community she represents. Howse is a graduate of the Cleveland School of the Arts where she studied vocal and instrumental music. After high school, Stephanie earned her undergraduate degree in Civil Environmental Engineering from Florida A&M University and her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Cleveland State University. In 2002, Howse took the first step in heeding her call to public and community service by starting Footprints, a girls leadership development and mentoring organization operating inside Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center dedicated to nurturing and cultivating a positive self-image in girls ages 9 – 17, while building character on the principles of Self Respect. Representative Howse’s desire to be a public servant was inspired by her mother Annie L. Key, a former State Representative.
Representative Howse served as co-chair of the National Network of State Legslators Committed to Civil Governance in 2016.