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.”


West will serve on the following committees:


- Economic Development, Commerce, and Labor


- Transportation and Public Safety


- Health


The House of Representatives has 21 standing committees now after House Republicans slightly altered the committee structure for the 132nd General Assembly. The Judiciary Committee was split into two separate Criminal and Civil Justice Committees, committees on state and local government were consolidated, and several new committees – including Aging & Long-Term Care and Federalism & Interstate Relations – were established, among other changes.


Committees are held any time before or after House floor sessions and are open to the public. House Finance Committee is generally broadcast live on the internet. The Ohio Senate recently announced they would begin to livestream additional standing committees, but the House has not yet indicated whether it will follow suit.


West, elected to his first term in November and sworn in earlier this month, is the first African American from Stark County to be elected as a state lawmaker. After serving on Canton City Council for over ten years, West seeks to utilize his public service experience to advocate for those in need, be a positive voice for folks back home and fight for 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. He also earned a degree in Business Administration from Mount Union College. West and his wife have two children and reside in Canton. 

 
 
 
  
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