Rep. West poses with advocate during OLBC Day of Action
Rep. West poses with advocate during OLBC Day of Action
 Rep. West addresses an audience during the 2017 OLBC Day of Action
Rep. West addresses an audience during the 2017 OLBC Day of Action
 Rep. West holding a discussion during the OLBC Day of Action
Rep. West holding a discussion during the OLBC Day of Action
Rep. West listening during a press conference on the state budget
Rep. West listening during a press conference on the state budget
 Rep. West speaking to a group of media reporters regarding the Ohio Speaker's abrupt resignation
Rep. West speaking to a group of media reporters regarding the Ohio Speaker's abrupt resignation
 Rep. West speaks during a press conference for his proposed legislation, HB 479
Rep. West speaks during a press conference for his proposed legislation, HB 479
Rep. West speaking to a reporter following a press conference on HB 479
Rep. West speaking to a reporter following a press conference on HB 479
 2018 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Officers and Members
2018 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Officers and Members
 Rep. West during his first legislative session of the 132nd General Assembly
Rep. West during his first legislative session of the 132nd General Assembly
 

Thomas West is the first African American from Stark County to be elected as a state legislator. Having served on Canton City Council for over ten years, West plans to use his public service experience to give a voice to the needs and problems of common, everyday people and local community-based organizations.

West is a small business owner and a licensed social worker, having earned a Bachelors and Masters of Social Work from the University of Akron after earning a degree in Business Administration from Mount Union College.

West and his wife have two children and reside in Canton. 

 
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Representative West Serves In the Following Committees :

Economic Development, Commerce, and LaborHealthTransportation and Public Safety
 
 
 
 

06.29.18 - West Continues Fight For Quality, Affordable Healthcare For All Ohioans

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today responded to reports that a number of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) have been charging Ohio taxpayers three to six times as much as the industry standard to process prescription drugs for Ohio Medicaid recipients. For prescriptions that should cost between 95 cents and $1.90, PBMs CVS Caremark and Optum Rx have been charging Ohio taxpayers $5.60 and $6.50 per script, respectively.

 
 

06.27.18 - West's Bipartisan Bill To Lower Cost Of Prescription Drugs Passes Ohio House

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced the unanimous House passage of House Bill (HB) 479, the Prescription Drug Co-Pay Integrity Act, his bipartisan legislation that would save consumers money by prohibiting gag rules that prevent pharmacists from informing consumers when they are overpaying for prescription drugs.

 
 

06.11.18 - Local Lawmaker Issues Statement On Importance Of National Football Hall Of Fame Enshrinement

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today released a statement recognizing the importance of the National Football Hall of Fame and the hard work Cantonians put into making induction day special for all who attend. The lawmaker’s statement comes as former wide receiver Terrell Owens publicly announced he won’t come to Canton this year to be honored as an inductee.

“Since 1963, the induction ceremony has been conducted with a level of excellence unsurpassed by any other in the world.  We have the people of Canton to thank for that because the game of football and the Hall of Fame resides deep within the heart of every Cantonian. Our community and district go all out for football, and we are honored by the heroes who choose to attend the induction ceremony.”

The induction ceremony is a tradition used to honor and enshrine heroes of the gridiron. Every year, thousands of Canton citizens come together as volunteers to make the event that honors world-class athletes possible. Thousand, including many from all across the world, will gather in Canton this year for enshrinement day.

 
 

05.10.18 - West To Urge Ohio Department Of Medicaid To Delay Behavioral Health Redesign

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced he will be reaching out to Ohio Department of Medicaid Director Barbara Sears to push for a six-month extension of Phase I of the department’s Behavioral Health Redesign. According to a recent survey by the Ohio Council for Behavioral Health and Family Service Providers, more than 60 percent of providers received less than 80 percent of their expected Medicaid revenues since the implementation of the plan in January 2018. This has forced a number of healthcare providers to lay off employees, eliminate services and deny patient claims.

“Logistical issues during the rollout of the redesign plan have wreaked havoc on our healthcare providers, threatening care and forcing many to eliminate staff and essential services. This is especially troublesome at a time when we continue to battle our worst-in-the-nation opioid crisis,” said West. “Extending Phase I by six months will allow us to iron out the issues and refocus our efforts on what truly matters—delivering quality, affordable healthcare to Ohio families.”

 
 
 
 

Bills Primary Sponsor

Bills Cosponsor

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HB 656HB 660HB 666HB 667HB 699 

Resolutions Primary Sponsor

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Representative Thomas West
District 49
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-8030
Fax      (614) 719-6952
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Hometown : Canton
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Eligible to run for another term