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Lou Gentile
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Ohio State Senate District 30
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 4
Base salary$60,584/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedNovember 30, 2011
Appointed byOhio Senate Democratic Caucus
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Ohio House of Representatives
Office website
Lou Gentile is a Democratic member of the Ohio State Senate, representing District 30. He has served in the chamber since his appointment in November 2011. Gentile replaced Jason Wilson (D) who was chosen by Gov. John Kasich (R) to head the Office of Appalachia.[1][2]

Gentile represented District 95 in the Ohio House of Representatives in 2011.


Gentile earned his Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. He was a field representative for former Congressman Ted Strickland, and joined his campaign for governor as a special assistant. He later worked as an Assistant Director in the Governor’s Office of Appalachia.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gentile served on the following committees:

Ohio Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Natural Resources
Insurance and Financial Institutions
Public Utilities


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Gentile served on the following committees:



See also: Ohio State Senate elections, 2012

Gentile won re-election in the 2012 election for Ohio Senate, District 30. Gentile was unopposed in the March 6 Democratic primary election and defeated Shane Thompson (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Ohio State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLou Gentile Incumbent 52.4% 82,403
     Republican Shane Thompson 47.6% 74,884
Total Votes 157,287


See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gentile defeated Mark Clark (I) in the November 2 general election.[4]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 95
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lou Gentile (D) 23,213 66.25%
Mark Clark (I) 11,824 33.75%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gentile is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gentile raised a total of $1,058,099 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 30, 2013.[5]

Lou Gentile's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Ohio State Senate, District 30 Won $797,788
2010 Ohio State House, District 95 Won $260,311
Grand Total Raised $1,058,099


Gentile won re-election to the Ohio State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Gentile raised a total of $797,788.
Ohio State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lou Gentile's campaign in 2012
Ohio Democratic Party$161,662
Ohio Senate Democrats$119,500
Ohio Association of Public School Employees$14,000
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 495$12,544
Laborers District Council of Ohio$12,000
Total Raised in 2012$797,788
Source: Follow the Money


Gentile won election to the Ohio State House in 2010. During that election cycle, Gentile raised a total of $260,311.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jason Wilson (D)
Ohio State Senate District 30
2011 - present
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
John Domenick (D)
Ohio House of Representatives District 95
Succeeded by
Jack Cera (D)