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Thomas Sawyer

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Thomas Sawyer
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Ohio State Senate District 28
In office
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 8
Base salary$60,584/year
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedFebruary 2007
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
United States House of Representatives
Mayor, City of Akron
Ohio State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Akron, 1968
Master'sUniversity of Akron, 1970
Date of birthAugust 15, 1945
Place of birthAkron, OH
Office website
Thomas 'Tom' C. Sawyer (b. August 15, 1945) is a Democratic member of the Ohio State Senate, representing District 28. He has served in the chamber since his appointment in February 2007.

Sawyer served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1977 to 1983. He later represented District 14 in the United States House of Representatives from 1987 to 2003.


Sawyer received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Akron. He worked as a personnel administrator for the Cuyahoga School for Boys and a legislative analyst for Ohio Public Utilities Commission. Sawyer previously served as Mayor of Akron from 1984 to 1986 and a member of the Ohio State School Bard in 2007.

Committee assignments


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

Ohio Committee Assignments, 2013
Criminal Justice
Public Utilities





See also: Ohio State Senate elections, 2012

Sawyer won re-election in the 2012 election for Ohio Senate, District 28. Sawyer was unopposed in the March 6 Democratic primary election and defeated Robert G. Roush (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

Ohio State Senate, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Sawyer Incumbent 71.9% 104,697
     Republican Robert G. Roush 28.1% 40,952
Total Votes 145,649


On November 4, 2008, Sawyer was elected to Ohio State Senate District 28.[2]

Sawyer raised $69,245 for his campaign.[3]

Ohio State Senate District 28
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Sawyer (D) 108,168
James Carr (R) 50,064

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sawyer is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Sawyer raised a total of $225,952 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 31, 2013.[4]

Thomas Sawyer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Ohio State Senate, District 28 Won $79,438
2010 Ohio State Senate, District 28 Not up for election $22,450
2008 Ohio State Senate, District 28 Won $69,245
2006 Ohio Education Board, District 7 Won $54,819
Grand Total Raised $225,952


Sawyer won re-election to the Ohio State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Sawyer raised a total of $79,438.
Ohio State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Sawyer's campaign in 2012
FirstEnergy Corp.$8,500
Boich, Wayne$6,750
Ohio Education Association$5,350
Ohio Federation of Teachers$4,000
Zhao, Ms. Jianhua$4,000
Total Raised in 2012$79,438
Source:Follow the Money


Sawyer was not up for election to the Ohio State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Sawyer raised a total of $22,450.


Sawyer won re-election to the Ohio State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Sawyer raised a total of $69,245.


Sawyer won election to the Ohio Board of Education in 2006. During that election cycle, Sawyer raised a total of $54,819.


Sawyer and his wife, Joyce, have one child. They currently reside in Akron, OH.

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