Bill Patmon

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Bill Patmon
Bill Patmon 2017-08-25.jpg
Member of the
Ohio House of Representatives
from the 10th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Robin Belcher
Succeeded by Terrence Upchurch
Member of
Cleveland City Council
from Ward 8
In office
January 1, 1990-December 31, 2001
Preceded by Jeff Johnson
Succeeded by Sabra Pierce Scott
Personal details
Born (1946-02-13) February 13, 1946 (age 72)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Residence Cleveland, Ohio
Alma mater Eastern Michigan University
Profession Businessman, Community Consultant

Bill Patmon (born February 13, 1946) is a member of the Ohio House of Representatives who has represented the Tenth District since 2011.


Patmon grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Eastern Michigan University.[1][self-published source] Patmon was a member of Cleveland City Council from 1990 to 2001, and served as the chairman of its Finance Committee from 1999 to 2001.[2] Patmon initially was in the running for the Congressional seat available following the death of Stephanie Tubbs Jones, but failed to gain momentum. In 2009, he ran for mayor of Cleveland, but lost to Frank G. Jackson.[3]

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

After winning a crowded primary in May 2010 for Ohio's 10th House District which included incumbent Robin Belcher, he ran unopposed in the general election in what to many is considered the safest Democratic State House district. Patmon was sworn into his first term on January 3, 2011, and served as a member of the Education Committee, the State Government and Elections Committee, and the Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.

In 2012, Patmon won reelection to his seat unopposed. He currently sits on the House Transportation, Public Safety, and Homeland Security Committee, the Ways and Means Committee, and the State and Local Government Committee.

Patmon is known for having introduced several pieces of legislation in his first term with a counted eighteen bills that ranged in topics from education to healthcare. Patmon also introduced legislation for specialty license plates that highlight Cleveland as the starting point for Superman, to celebrate Superman's 75th anniversary in 2013, and to acknowledge Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster as the co-creators of the best-known superhero in the world.[4][5]

Patmon has seen much success in his second term as State Representative including the passage of House Bill 147, also known as the Lizzie B. Byrd Act, named in honor of his mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Patmon has expressed openly his experiences as he watched his mother face her diagnosis and subsequent reluctance over cancer treatment options expressing that "It stung. It stung deep.".[6] The legislation, signed into law on December 19, 2014, requires physicians to present patients with all possible options upfront and to ensure that patients know that breast cancer reconstructive surgery can be covered by health insurance.

As the Representative for inner Cleveland, Patmon is against allowing concealed carry of guns in restaurants, bars and stadiums, notably Cleveland Browns Stadium.[7]

Patmon is the only Democrat among the sponsors of Ohio House Bill 36. HB 36 allows ministers to refuse to marry anyone if the union violates their religious beliefs. This right is already protected under federal law. HB 36 further stipulates that “religious societies” can refuse to allow their buildings to be used for weddings which, in any way, violate their religious beliefs.


  1. ^ "About Bill". Elect Bill Patmon. Archived from the original on April 22, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ Sams, Tonya (March 12, 2010). "Former Cleveland mayoral candidate Bill Patmon is running for House sea". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (November 4, 2009). "Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson clinches re-election, looks ahead to tall tasks in second term". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ Sangiacomo, Michael (2013-04-19). "Superman license plate packaged in state budget". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved 5-10-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ McIntyre, Michael (Jan 7, 2013). "Car towed in Cleveland? It's gonna cost you more: Michael K. McIntyre's Tip-off". The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ Higgs, Robert. "New Ohio law named for legislator's mother aims to inform breast cancer patients of all treatment options". 
  7. ^ Fields, Reggie (2011-06-16). "Guns in bars bill passes Ohio House, Senate concurs, Gov. John Kasich to sign it". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 

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