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  Sawyer, Thomas C.
NameThomas C. Sawyer
Akron, Ohio , United States
Born August 15, 1945
DiedMay 20, 2023 (77 years)
Contributoreddy 9_99
Last ModifedMr. Matt
May 24, 2023 03:06pm
Tags Caucasian - Married - Presbyterian -
InfoThomas Charles "Tom" Sawyer

Thomas Charles Sawyer, also known as Tom Sawyer, is an American politician of the Democratic party who formerly served as a U.S. representative from Ohio from 1987 to 2003.

Sawyer was born in Akron. A graduate of Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH, Sawyer received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Akron in 1968 and a master of arts degree from the same university in 1970.

Sawyer worked as a teacher and then was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, where he served from 1977 to 1983. In late 1983, he was elected Mayor of Akron.

After only one term as mayor, he was elected to the House from Ohio's 14th Congressional District, based in Akron. In 1984, he bet mustaches with Akron-area Republican Tom Watkins on the outcome of the Mondale / Reagan presidential election; he has been cleanshaven ever since. He was reelected seven times, never facing serious opposition in the heavily Democratic district. However, he was severely criticized for his support of NAFTA.

The redistricting following the 2000 census eliminated Sawyer's district. Most of Akron was placed in the 13th District, represented by fellow Democrat Sherrod Brown. However, Sawyer's home was placed in the Youngstown-based 17th District. The district had been held by Democrat Jim Traficant until his expulsion from the House in 2002. Traficant tried to run for his old seat as an independent. Traficant's former protege Tim Ryan also ran for the seat. The new 17th district was much more heavily pro-labor than Sawyer's old district and Sawyer was seen as being insufficiently pro-labor as a result of his support of free trade. In a surprise upset, Sawyer lost the 2002 Democratic primary to Ryan, who went on to win the seat in the general election.



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  11/06/2012 OH State Senate 28 Won 71.88% (+43.77%)
  03/06/2012 OH State Senate 28- D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/04/2008 OH State Senate 28 Won 68.11% (+36.22%)
  03/04/2008 OH State Senate 28 - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  02/12/2007 OH State Senate 28- Special Caucus Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2006 OH Board of Education- District 7 Won 52.42% (+23.15%)
  05/02/2006 OH District 13 - D Primary Lost 21.53% (-9.33%)
  05/07/2002 OH District 17- D Primary Lost 27.49% (-13.82%)
  11/07/2000 OH District 14 Won 64.84% (+33.79%)
  11/03/1998 OH District 14 Won 62.72% (+25.44%)
  11/05/1996 OH District 14 Won 54.34% (+12.62%)
  03/19/1996 OH District 14 - D Primary Won 79.66% (+68.85%)
  11/08/1994 OH District 14 Won 51.93% (+3.87%)
  05/03/1994 OH District 14 - D Primary Won 69.44% (+38.88%)
  11/03/1992 OH District 14 Won 67.76% (+35.52%)
  06/02/1992 OH District 14 - D Primary Won 75.43% (+57.43%)
  11/06/1990 OH District 14 Won 59.56% (+19.12%)
  05/08/1990 OH District 14 - D Primary Won 73.39% (+46.77%)
  11/08/1988 OH District 14 Won 74.73% (+49.47%)
  11/04/1986 OH District 14 Won 53.72% (+7.45%)
  05/06/1986 OH District 14 - D Primary Won 49.36% (+10.08%)