|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.)|
Life and career
After graduation from West Virginia University, Gentile returned home to Jefferson County and joined the Ted Strickland for Congress campaign as field director. He continued his service with Congressman Strickland serving as his representative to constituents in Jefferson, Belmont, Noble and Monroe Counties. Gentile was appointed Assistant Director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia in January 2007, and served until 2010.
With incumbent John Domenick unable to run again due to term limits, Gentile ran for the position. He faced four others in the primary election, and received 52.41% of the electorate to win the nomination. He faced Republican Mark Clark in the general election, and won with 66.25% of the vote.
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
- 2010 primary election results
- 2010 general election results
- "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