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.

04.20.16 - Senator Sawyer Helps Secure District Funding In Capital Budget

 

COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Tom Sawyer (D-Akron) voted to pass the state’s $2.6 billion Capital Budget, which includes significant funding for projects in the 28th Senate district, including many of the senator’s top priorities. The budget passed the State Senate by a vote of 32 to 1.

 
 

03.01.16 - Senators Schiavoni And Sawyer Call For Complete Review Of E-School Attendance Data

 

Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Tom Sawyer (D-Akron) called for immediate action by the Ohio Department of Education after the Columbus Dispatch uncovered evidence that Provost Academy, an online charter school based in Columbus, had been vastly overpaid as a result of poor and inaccurate reporting of student attendance data. 

 
 

12.04.15 - Akron Lawmakers Applaud Coventry Local School District's Move To Address Fiscal Future

 

Columbus – Today, State Senator Tom Sawyer (D-Akron) and Representative Greta Johnson  (D-Akron) commended Coventry Local School District for entering into an agreement through the Auditor of State to place the district on a path to a stronger fiscal future.

 
 

11.09.15 - Senator Sawyer Receives Legislative Leadership Award From Ohio Educational Service Centers Association

 

Columbus – Today, State Senator Tom Sawyer (D-Akron), ranking member on the Senate Education Committee, was honored by the Ohio Educational Service Centers Association for his long-standing and unwavering support for Ohio’s public school system and the network of Educational Service Centers (ESCs) across Ohio.

 
 
 
 
 

Senate District 28

 
Counties: Summit (part)
 

Connect With Senator Sawyer

 

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