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
 
 
 
 

02.17.17 - West Objects To State Budget Cuts To Local Communities

 

State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today strongly objected to the latest round of proposed budget cuts to local communities included in Gov. John Kasich’s executive budget plan. Under the current budget bill, Canton stands to lose the fifth most in state funding of any city in Ohio. 

“Even as the governor claims that Ohio is on the ‘verge of a recession,’ he continues to propose cuts to critical local services that support our police and fire, repair roads and help fight the opioid epidemic,” said West. “Canton is already struggling to address an unemployment rate higher than the state average, and the governor’s cuts will only make things worse.” 

 
 

02.13.17 - OH Lawmakers Introduce Bill Honoring African American Baseball Pioneer

 

State Reps. David Leland (D-Columbus)—aka “Mr. Baseball”—and Thomas West (D-Canton) reintroduced legislation today to honor Moses Fleetwood Walker, the nation’s first professional African American baseball player, by designating Walker’s birthday of October 7 as “Moses Fleetwood Walker Day” in the state of Ohio.

“Walker stood tall and persevered in the face of the incredible bigotry and discrimination he experienced throughout his career,” said West. “His legacy of bravery, which continues to inspire us today, deserves the proper recognition this legislation will bring.”

 
 

02.02.17 - West Expresses Support For Efforts To Fight Against Human Trafficking

 

State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) applauded the awareness raised by today’s eighth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse. The event, organized by State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), brought together law enforcement officials, advocates and survivors from all over the nation for a day of discussion on ways to raise awareness and fight back against human trafficking in Ohio.

“Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Rep. Fedor and countless others around the state, we are making significant progress and offering concrete solutions to end modern day slavery in Ohio,” said West. “Moving forward, we must ensure law enforcement officials and advocates have the proper resources and support that they need to protect victims and end the scourge of human trafficking.” 

 
 

01.31.17 - West To Help Shape Public Policy On Ohio House Legislative Panels

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced the committees on which he will serve to help shape and refine public policy during the 132nd General Assembly.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to improve the lives of every Ohioan,” said West. “My committee assignments will allow me to focus on creating good-paying jobs, investing in reliable infrastructure and fighting our state’s opioid epidemic.”

 
 
 
 

Bills Primary Sponsor

HB 59     

Bills Cosponsor

Resolutions Primary Sponsor

Resolutions Cosponsor

 
 
 
 
Representative Thomas West
District 49
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-8030
Fax      (614) 719-6952
Email Representative West
 
Hometown : Canton
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Expires December 2018 / Eligible to run for another term