Senator Sawyer and former Congressman Richard "Dick" Gephardt discussed their time serving together in the U.S. Congress during Congressman Gephardt's visit to the Statehouse.
Senator Sawyer and former Congressman Richard "Dick" Gephardt discussed their time serving together in the U.S. Congress during Congressman Gephardt's visit to the Statehouse.
 Senator Sawyer speaks on the Senate floor prior to passage of Senate Bill 86.  The legislation he sponsored will help young inmates earn high school diplomas.
Senator Sawyer speaks on the Senate floor prior to passage of Senate Bill 86. The legislation he sponsored will help young inmates earn high school diplomas.
 Senator Sawyer presents a proclamation to honor coach Caleb Porter and the Akron Zips for winning the NCAA Soccer Championship.
Senator Sawyer presents a proclamation to honor coach Caleb Porter and the Akron Zips for winning the NCAA Soccer Championship.
Senator Sawyer tours the University of Akron's football stadium.
Senator Sawyer tours the University of Akron's football stadium.
 Senator Sawyer gives sponsor testimony with Senator Gary Cates
Senator Sawyer gives sponsor testimony with Senator Gary Cates
 Senators Sawyer in Finance Committee.
Senators Sawyer in Finance Committee.
Senator Sawyer presents a resolution to Kent State University President Lester Lefton in honor of the University's 100-year anniversary.
Senator Sawyer presents a resolution to Kent State University President Lester Lefton in honor of the University's 100-year anniversary.
 Senator Sawyer speaks in the Senate Chamber.
Senator Sawyer speaks in the Senate Chamber.
 Senator Sawyer speaks at a Senate Democratic Caucus press conference.
Senator Sawyer speaks at a Senate Democratic Caucus press conference.
Senator Sawyer delivers sponsor testimony in the Senate Education Committee on SB 207 regarding Internet- and computer-based community schools.
Senator Sawyer delivers sponsor testimony in the Senate Education Committee on SB 207 regarding Internet- and computer-based community schools.
 Senator Sawyer speaks to nurses from northeastern Ohio during Nurses Day 2010 at the Ohio Statehouse.
Senator Sawyer speaks to nurses from northeastern Ohio during Nurses Day 2010 at the Ohio Statehouse.
 State Senator Tom Sawyer.
State Senator Tom Sawyer.
 

Senator Tom Sawyer represents the 28th Senate District covering Akron and portions of Summit County. He began his career in public service in 1976 as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives.

After his tenure in the Ohio House, Senator Sawyer was elected Mayor of Akron in 1983. He then spent 16 years in the United States Congress. After a brief tenure on the State Board of Education, Senator Sawyer joined the Ohio Senate in 2007.

 

 
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Senator Sawyer Serves In the Following Committees :

EducationFinanceFinance - Education SubcommitteePublic Utilities
 
Senator Sawyer speaks about his legislation to honor John Glenn.

07.22.15 - Senators Sawyer And LaRose Introduce Bipartisan Redistricting Reform

 

COLUMBUS--Today, Senator Tom Sawyer (D-Akron) and Senator Frank LaRose (R-Copley) introduced S.J.R. 2, a bipartisan resolution that would change the way congressional district lines are drawn in Ohio. 

 
 

07.20.15 - Senator Sawyer Joins Call For State Board Of Education To Remove Superintendent Ross

 

COLUMBUS— Top democratic lawmakers in both the House and Senate today called on the State Board of Education to dismiss Superintendent Dick Ross, citing the recent scandal involving the cover up of failing charter school grades in state evaluations, the plan to takeover the Youngstown public schools crafted behind closed doors, and general lack of accountability to the State Board of Education and the public.

 
 

04.15.15 - Senate Democrats, Republicans & Education Advocates Announce Bipartisan Legislation To Reform Ohio's Charter Schools

 

Columbus – In a joint press conference at the Ohio Statehouse, State Senators Tom Sawyer (D-Akron) and Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) announced the introduction of charter school reform legislation, Senate Bill 148, to increase accountability and transparency for charter school sponsors and management companies in Ohio.

 
 

07.01.14 - Tom Sawyer: Do Redistricting Reform Now

 

Four members of the U.S. House from far-flung districts currently represent Akron and Summit County in our nation’s Capitol. Can you name all of them? Chances are you can’t. In fact, not one of them currently lives in Summit County. But, it didn’t used to be that way.

 
 
 
 
 

Senate District 28

 
Counties: Summit (part)
 

Contact Senator Sawyer

 
Senate Building
1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-7041
Email Senator Sawyer
 

Background

 
Hometown : Akron
Party : Democrat
Elected Experience :

State Senator since 2007; State School Board Member, 2006; U.S. Congressman, 1987-2002; Mayor of Akron, 1984-1986; State Representative, 1977-1983


Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Not eligible to run for another four-year term