Rep. West speaking at North Canton Middle School for Veteran's Day event
Rep. West speaking at North Canton Middle School for Veteran's Day event
 Rep. West with Dr. Renee Powell, 2018 Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame Inductee
Rep. West with Dr. Renee Powell, 2018 Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame Inductee
 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
2018 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Officers and Members
2018 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Officers and Members
 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
 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 listening during a press conference on the state budget
Rep. West listening during a press conference on the state budget
 Rep. West holding a discussion during the OLBC Day of Action
Rep. West holding a discussion during the 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 poses with advocate during OLBC Day of Action
Rep. West poses with advocate during OLBC Day of Action
 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
 
 
 
 

11.14.18 - West Pushes For Commonsense Gun Safety As GOP Passes So-called Stand Your Ground Bill

 

Ohio House Democratic state lawmakers today voted against House Bill (HB) 228, the so-called Stand Your Ground bill, a Republican-sponsored effort to loosen gun safety standards by reducing firearm offenses, making it harder to prosecute gun violence cases and preempting local authority to enact commonsense safety protections for Ohio families. 

“Although I support an individual’s right to carry, I believe stand your ground expands gun laws to the detriment of our communities by allowing individuals to shoot first and ask questions later,” said Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton). “We already had the Castle Doctrine in Ohio, which was adequate enough to allow us to protect ourselves by using force, including deadly force, in our homes or cars when we needed to. The Castle Doctrine encouraged people in those situations to avoid violence as much as possible, which is what we need during times of high stress and fear. Now our communities across Ohio will be more susceptible to gun violence and less safe for our families.”

 
 

11.14.18 - West's Bipartisan Bill To Change State Law Concerning Forfeited Land Sales Passes House

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 598, bipartisan legislation that seeks to give local townships and land banks more flexibility the process of foreclosure. West and bill joint-sponsor state Rep. Doug Green (R-Mt. Orab) introduced HB 598 earlier this year.

“I am proud to see the House prioritize the health of our neighborhoods and the revitalization of our communities by passing this bill,” said West. “Removing blight is an important step in stabilizing neighborhoods still recovering from the housing crisis of the mid-2000s. Additionally, this bill gives communities more flexibility to address vacated properties and greater opportunity to execute long-term recovery plans.”

 
 

08.30.18 - West Announces Application Process For Statehouse School Transportation Grants Begins Sept. 5

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced the Statehouse School Transportation Grant application process opens for submission at 9:00 a.m. on September 5, 2018. A total of 75 school transportation grants will be awarded throughout the state on a first come first served basis. 

 
 

08.23.18 - West's Legislation To Protect Families From Predatory Lenders Gets Attention Of Republican Leaders

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today reacted to recent reports that the Republican-controlled legislature is prioritizing his legislation to ensure families who have lost loved ones do not mistakenly believe they are obligated to pay the deceased’s debts. West’s House Bill 615 will be a top priority for passage by the Ohio House Civil Justice Committee during the final months of the session. 

 
 
 
 

Bills Primary Sponsor

Bills Cosponsor

HB 1SB 2SB 3HB 4SB 4HB 5
HB 6SB 7HB 8SB 8HB 9SB 9
HB 14HB 16HB 18HB 21HB 22SB 22
HB 23SB 23HB 24SB 24HB 26SB 27
HB 28HB 31SB 33HB 34SB 37HB 44
HB 45HB 46HB 47HB 52HB 54HB 57
SB 57HB 58HB 60HB 61SB 62HB 63
SB 66HB 68HB 69SB 70SB 71HB 73
HB 76SB 77HB 79HB 80HB 83HB 84
HB 86SB 86HB 87HB 88HB 93HB 94
HB 96HB 97HB 98HB 100HB 101HB 103
HB 104HB 107HB 111HB 115HB 116HB 117
HB 122HB 123HB 124HB 125HB 127SB 127
HB 129HB 131HB 133SB 134HB 135SB 135
HB 136HB 137HB 138SB 143SB 144HB 145
HB 146HB 155HB 156HB 158HB 159HB 160
HB 162SB 163HB 165HB 168SB 170HB 172
HB 180HB 184HB 186HB 189HB 190HB 192
HB 194HB 195HB 196HB 202HB 211HB 212
HB 219HB 221HB 224HB 225HB 229HB 230
HB 232SB 239HB 240HB 243HB 245HB 246
HB 248HB 250HB 251HB 252HB 254HB 257
SB 257HB 260HB 261HB 263HB 264HB 265
HB 266HB 270HB 274HB 275HB 276HB 279
HB 281HB 285HB 286HB 287HB 288HB 291
HB 294HB 295HB 296HB 297SB 299HB 300
HB 306HB 308HB 309HB 311HB 312HB 315
HB 316HB 318HB 321HB 323HB 324HB 325
HB 328HB 329HB 330HB 332HB 335HB 336
HB 340HB 341HB 344HB 347HB 350HB 353
HB 355HB 357HB 359HB 362HB 364HB 370
HB 372HB 375HB 376HB 378HB 383HB 386
HB 387HB 388HB 392HB 395HB 396HB 398
HB 400HB 401HB 403HB 406HB 407HB 411
HB 412HB 414HB 415HB 418HB 420HB 425
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HB 440HB 442HB 445HB 447HB 448HB 452
HB 453HB 456HB 458HB 460HB 461HB 464
HB 466HB 467HB 468HB 469HB 472HB 474
HB 478HB 481HB 482HB 483HB 486HB 487
HB 489HB 497HB 499HB 500HB 502HB 503
HB 505HB 506HB 508HB 509HB 511HB 513
HB 514HB 515HB 516HB 517HB 521HB 522
HB 529HB 531HB 532HB 535HB 536HB 540
HB 541HB 542HB 544HB 548HB 550HB 558
HB 562HB 567HB 570HB 572HB 573HB 576
HB 577HB 581HB 582HB 586HB 587HB 588
HB 589HB 592HB 593HB 594HB 604HB 605
HB 610HB 623HB 626HB 627HB 634HB 637
HB 639HB 640HB 643HB 644HB 647HB 648
HB 656HB 660HB 666HB 667HB 687HB 690
HB 699HB 725HB 730   

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