Rep. West during his first legislative session of the 132nd General Assembly
Rep. West during his first legislative session of the 132nd General Assembly
 Rep. West listening during a press conference on the state budget
Rep. West listening during a press conference on the state budget
 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
 
 

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
 
 
 
 

11.03.17 - Canton Rep. Thomas West Responds To DeWine's Suit Against Rover Pipeline

 

State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today responded to Attorney General Mike DeWine’s lawsuit against Rover Pipeline LLC, months after the Ohio EPA referred some $2.3 million in fines to the attorney general for illegal dumping of toxic chemicals in the Canton area during the construction of the Rover Pipeline.

“It seems that with the outside threat of an Ohio Elections Commission investigation looming, Attorney General DeWine finally decided to take action to protect taxpayers from an out-of-state corporation’s reckless disregard for our safety,” said West. “This is welcomed news, but the timing of the lawsuit makes people wonder if the state could have done more, sooner. This was referred to Attorney General DeWine at the beginning of July. Meanwhile, local taxpayers have been forced to bear the brunt of toxic spills in our community and close to our drinking water supply.”

DeWine’s action comes one day after complaints were filed with the Ohio Ethics Commission, asking them to investigate DeWine for his potential conflict of interest in owning stock in Rover’s parent company, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

 
 

11.03.17 - Rep. West: Two Stark County Businesses To Receive Medical Marijuana Cultivation Licenses

 

State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today announced two local businesses will receive Ohio Department of Commerce Level II Cultivator Provisional Licenses for their Canton-based operations. Of the 12 licenses granted statewide, two were allotted to Canton locations.

 
 

10.24.17 - West Announces Bill To Honor Stark County's Football Heritage

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced his recent introduction of House Bill (HB) 346, legislation to designate a portion of State Route 172 between Canton and Massillon as the “Football Heritage Corridor.”

“Stark County has played an incredibly important role in the creation of American football,” said West. “This bill celebrates its legacy and recognizes the historic rivalry between the Canton-McKinley Bulldogs and the Massillon Tigers, who will see their 128th showdown Friday.”

 
 

10.18.17 - Rep. West Targets Public Sector Pay Discrimination With House Bill 385

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today introduced House Bill (HB) 385, legislation to eliminate pay discrimination at state agencies. Studies show that state employees experience higher levels of pay discrimination by gender and race than those working in other industries.

 
 
 

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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