|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 33rd district
January 6, 2009
|Preceded by||John Boccieri|
September 21, 1979 |
|Alma mater||Ohio University, Capital University|
 Life and career
Schiavoni grew up on the southside of Youngstown, Ohio, before moving to Boardman, Ohio where he attended Boardman High School. Following high school, he attended Ohio University, where he graduated in communications. He then opted to attend law school at Capitol University, where he graduated from in 2004. He is licensed to practice law in both Ohio and West Virginia.
Following law school, Schiavoni returned to Youngstown where he became a member of his father's law firm, Schiavoni, Schiavoni, Bush and Muldowney. Since then, he has practiced worker's compensation law. Schiavoni is married to his wife, Margaret Schiavoni.
 Ohio Senate
In 2006, State Representative John Boccieri won the 33rd District in the Ohio Senate unopposed. He took office in 2007 to a four-year term. However, shortly after, Congressman Ralph Regula announced that he would not seek reelection to Congress in 2008. Boccieri was seen as a top candidate for the open seat, and soon announced that he would indeed seek election to the United States House of Representatives. With 2008 being a very Democratic year, Boccieri easily defeated fellow state Senator Kirk Schuring, and resigned his state Senate seat to prepare for his tenure in Congress. With state law stating that Senate Democrats could appoint a successor, Schiavoni was one of nine who opted to succeed Boccieri.
Late in 2008, it was announced by incoming Minority Leader Capri Cafaro that Schiavoni would be appointed to the open seat. He was sworn into his first term on January 5, 2009, and went on to serve as ranking member of both Judiciary (Civil Justice) and Judiciary (Criminal Justice) in his first term. With the Boccieri's term to expire in 2010, Schiavoni would have to run for reelection to obtain his first four-year term.
In the 2010 primary, Alliance, Ohio educator Kathy Purdy opted to challenge Schiavoni for the Democratic nomination. However, Schiavoni easily defeated her with 65.39% of the electorate. He would go forth to face Republican Matt Lewis in the general election. Even in an overwhelmingly Republican year, Schiavoni easily defeated Lewis as well as a Libertarian candidate with 56.72% of the vote. Schiavoni was sworn into his first full term on January 3, 2011.
In 2012, his Senate colleagues unanimously elected him Assistant Minority Leader.
- "Election coverage: Joe Schiavoni". Youngstown Vindicator. May 3, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
- "Joe Schiavoni appointed to replace Boccieri in state Senate". Buckeye State Blog. December 18, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
- "Search for Boccieri's replacement in Ohio Senate is expanding". The Alliance Review. December 10, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
- "Schiavoni seeks full term". Canton Repository. October 24, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
- "2010 primary election results". Ohio Secretary of State. May 3, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2011.