Thomas Sworn into Office as State Senator and Assistant Minority Leader
January 7, 2019
Today, Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) took the oath of office to serve in the Ohio Senate during the 133rd General Assembly.
“It is an honor to have been re-elected to Ohio’s 9th Senate District,” said Senator Thomas. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle as we seek to reform and enhance our laws so they reflect the values and priorities of all Ohioans. Coupled with my new position as Assistant Minority Leader, I look forward to working on behalf of my constituents in the district and in Columbus, being their advocate and voice in the legislature.”
Senator Thomas will continue to represent the 9th Senate District, which includes the city of Cincinnati and some surrounding areas. Senator Thomas will also serve as the Assistant Minority Leader in the Senate Democratic Caucus.
“My priorities for the 133rd GA are criminal justice reform, sensible gun regulations and working during the budget process to provide more funding for local governments, social services and public schools,” said Senator Thomas.
Senator Thomas is a long-time public servant. He worked as a police officer for 27 years where he served all 52 Cincinnati neighborhoods. He retired from the police force after a successful career in 2000 to assume the position of Executive Director of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission. In 2005, Thomas began his service as a member of Cincinnati City Council where he was President Pro Tempore and chairman of the Law and Public Safety Committee. In 2014, he was elected state Senator for the 9th District and became Assistant Minority Whip for the Democratic Caucus. He won re-election in November 2018.
Senator Thomas is a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Sentinel Police Association and is a member of the Masonic Gothic Lodge 121.
He has been married to Pam Thomas for over 30 years and the couple resides in North Avondale. They have four adult children and four grandchildren.