|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 30th district
December 15, 2011
|Preceded by||Jason Wilson|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 95th district
January 3, 2011 – December 15, 2011
|Preceded by||John Domenick|
|Succeeded by||Jack Cera|
|Alma mater||West Virginia University (B.S.)|
In late 2011, Senator Jason Wilson resigned from his seat in the Ohio Senate to take become Director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia under Ohio Governor John Kasich. As a result, Senate Democrats were required to appoint a successor to the seat. Gentile was the Senate Democrats top pick to fill the position.
It was announced in early December that Gentile was chosen for the seat. He was sworn into office on December 15, 2011. Gentile was elected to a full term in the Senate in 2012, defeating Republican Shane Thompson 53% to 47%, even though he was the GOP's top target and the GOP spent over $1 million to defeat him (Gentile raised about $800,000).
|2012||Lou Gentile||82,403||52.39%||Shane Thompson||74,884||47.61%|
|2010||Lou Gentile||23,213||66.25%||None||Mark Clark||11,824||33.75%|
- Lou Gentile Chosen to Replace Jason Wilson, wkbn.com, November 30, 2011
- "State Sen. Wilson resigns to lead Appalachia agency". Youngstown Vindicator. 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
- "Lou Gentile Chosen to Replace Wilson". Youngstown Vindicator. 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
- Husted, Jon 2012 general election results (2012-11-06)
- "2 Dems consider 2014 run for Congress". Vindy.com.
- The Ohio Senate: Senator Lou Gentile (D) - District 30
- Lou Gentile for Ohio Senate, official campaign website