Tom Letson

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Tom Letson
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 64th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2, 2007
Preceded by Randy Law
Personal details
Born (1952-09-29) September 29, 1952 (age 61)
Columbus, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Residence Warren, Ohio
Alma mater Kent State University, University of Akron
Profession Attorney, Machinist
Religion Christian

Tom Letson (born September 29, 1952 in Columbus, Ohio) is a Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 64th District since his election in 2006.

Life and career[edit]

State Representative Tom Letson (D-Warren) of the 64th District is a fourth term lawmaker who is proud to serve his neighbors in parts of Trumbull County.

Rep. Letson was born in Jonquiere and raised in Champion Township, leaving only to pursue his education. A Champion High School graduate, Rep. Letson worked as a journeyman machinist from 1977 until 1982. That’s when he went back to school, finishing his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kent State University and a law degree from the University of Akron.

Rep. Letson has practiced law for 20 years, currently working at Letson and Swader, Co., LPA. He is a past President of the Trumbull County Bar Association, and he has worked as an acting judge in Warren and an assistant city prosecutor in Newton Falls.

His service to the community has extended beyond the courtroom. He has served on the Warren City Board of Health, and he is a former workers’ compensation representative for the United Steelworkers. At the Statehouse, Rep. Letson is Ranking Member of both the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee and the State Government and Elections Redistricting Subcommittee. He also serves on the Insurance and Judiciary and Ethics Committees.

Representative Letson has sponsored bills on a wide-range of issues. He has championed issues that are important to the Mahoning Valley, such as economic development incentives and elderly care.

He has actively pursued causes to protect our people and our environment. Rep. Letson has introduced legislation concerning courthouse security, witness protection, and motorcycle seizure guidelines, and he was a driving force behind the Renewable Energy Investment Act of 2010, which has placed Ohio as the leading state in the country in wind and solar energy development. He has also pursued the renaming of two road interchanges in honor of a pair of Trumbull County soldiers, killed in action in Iraq.

Rep. Letson lives in Warren. His personal interests include golf, tennis, skiing, snowboarding and skydiving. He was a member of the National Ski Patrol for 10 years, where he has achieved the level of senior patroller and OEC instructor.

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

Letson defeated one-term incumbent Republican Randy Law with 4.5% of the vote in 2006.[1] He was re-elected in 2008, receiving 67.5% of the vote.[2]


In 2010, Letson defeated Republican Albert Haberstroh with 62.57% of the vote to take a third term.[3] Currently he is serving on the committees of Insurance and its Subcommittee on Workers' Compensation, Judiciary and Ethics, State Government and Elections and its Subcommittee on Redistricting (as ranking member), and Ways and Means (as ranking member).[4] He also is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Council until it was defeated in HB 153.

Letson won a final term in 2012 with 59.76% over former Representative Randy Law.

Policies and Positions[edit]

Letson, as ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, has remained skeptical of the actual benefit of providing more tax cuts to small business. He has stated that the state first needs to do more to determine whether its current tax credits are creating jobs, "rather than throwing money away - money that is currently being used to help local governments and this state's most vulnerable populations."[5]

In another proposal with Representative Stautberg, Letson is looking to authorize probate court judges to appoint employees but leave the judge open to personal liability for actions that occur within the scope of their employment.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2006 election results". Ohio Secretary of State. 2006-11-07. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  2. ^ "2008 election results". Ohio Secretary of State. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  3. ^ 2010 general election results
  4. ^ Valley Democrats lose top spots on Ohio Legislature committees
  5. ^ "We need to enforce law-back provisions where those who were the beneficiaries of tax credits failed to delilver on their part."More tax breaks for business proposed
  6. ^ Mssrs. Stautberg and Letson: Judicial Liability

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