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
 
 
 
 

06.28.17 - West Congratulates United Way Of Greater Stark County On Receiving Grant

 

State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today congratulated United Way of Greater Stark County on being awarded $100,000 from the Ohio Department of Education. The community organization received the money through the New Community Connectors Mentoring Grant program, which supports programs that give more Ohio students access to positive role models and help them develop skills that lead to success in the classroom and the workplace. 

“I am incredibly happy to see our local United Way being recognized and rewarded for its tremendous work,” said West. “The programs that it runs will have a deep and meaningful impact on hundreds of children in our community for years to come.” 

 
 

06.15.17 - West Responds To String Of Shootings In Canton

 

State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today responded to a series of deadly shootings in Canton by extending his condolences to the families of the victims and stressing the importance of greater state support for community safety efforts. 

“I am deeply saddened by the senseless violence that has taken our neighbors from us,” said West. “These shootings took place right in the neighborhood that I am proud to call home. We need to come together as a community to try to put an end to this violence.” 

 
 

06.14.17 - Rep. West Announces Opposition To Senate Republican Budget Proposal

 

State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today announced his intention to oppose the budget proposal announced by Ohio Senate Republicans on Monday. The Canton lawmaker expressed concern that the Senate chose to focus on cuts rather than utilize a more balanced approach. 

“I cannot support the Senate Republicans’ budget in its current form for a number of reasons,” said West. “My strongest concern with this proposal is the incredible damage that the $200 million cut to Medicaid would inflict on Ohio’s most vulnerable families. The Senate cannot claim to be adequately addressing the opioid crisis while gutting the programs that most directly boost treatment and prevention efforts.” 

 
 

06.08.17 - Rep. Thomas West Responds To Comey Testimony

 

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) issued the following statement in response to former FBI Director James Comey’s open testimony today in front of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee:

"Director James Comey’s public testimony confirms what many Americans have long suspected: Donald Trump attempted several times to interfere with FBI processes. In fact, we learned today that during their nine conversations, the president only substantively asked Director Comey about one issue: the investigation into his campaign’s ties with the Russian government.

 
 
 

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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 : Expires December 2018 / Eligible to run for another term