|File:Ohio State Senator Joe Schiavoni.jpg|
|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 33rd district
January 6, 2009
|Preceded by||John Boccieri|
September 21, 1979 |
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Residence||Boardman, Ohio, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Ohio University, Capital University|
Joseph L. Schiavoni (born September 21, 1979) is a member of the Ohio Senate and the current Senate Minority Leader. Schiavoni has been a member of the Senate since 2009. He represents the 33rd Senate District, which encompasses the Mahoning Valley, including Youngstown, Ohio. He is a Democrat.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Family and Personal Life
- 4 Electoral history
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Schiavoni was born in Columbus, Ohio, and grew up on the south side of Youngstown, Ohio, before moving to Boardman, Ohio where he attended Boardman High School. While in high school, Schiavoni was a Golden Glove boxer, as were his three brothers and his father before them. As a young man, he held jobs at Catullo Prime Meats, Fab-Art Steel, and Keffler Construction in the Mahoning Valley.
Following high school, Schiavoni attended Ohio University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. He then attended law school at Capital University, and received his Juris Doctor in 2004.
After graduating from law school, Schiavoni returned to Youngstown where he became a member of his father's law firm. Since then, he has practiced worker's compensation law. Schiavoni is licensed to practice law in both Ohio and West Virginia.
As a political novice, Schiavoni was selected in 2008 to replace Senator John Boccieri, who had been elected to the United States House of Representatives. His selection surprised many, as Schiavoni was only 28 years old at the time and had never held elected office. Nonetheless, Schiavoni easily won the party nomination in 2010 to hold the seat, and was elected in the general election with over 60% of the vote.
In November 2011, Schiavoni was named Assistant Minority Whip in the Senate, but quickly rose to Assistant Minority Leader under Eric Kearney in January 2012. Schiavoni would serve in that capacity for two years until 2014, when he was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be Minority Leader.
He was unopposed for re-election in 2014 to hold his seat in the Senate.
Issues and Legislation
In October 2014, Schiavoni proposed a grant program to help Ohio schools create bullying prevention programs. In February 2015, he reintroduced the bullying prevention grant program, along with legislation that would provide additional funding for school safety initiatives.
Schiavoni has been a vocal opponent of a controversial new Ohio law that gives an unelected CEO "complete operational, managerial and instructional control" of failing Ohio school districts.
Schiavoni requested a special audit of the Ohio Department of Education after it was discovered that failing online charter school data had been omitted to make Ohio charter schools appear more successful overall.
He and other top Democrat lawmakers also called for the removal of State Superintendent Dick Ross, "citing the recent scandal involving the cover up of failing charter school grades in state evaluations, the plan to takeover the Youngstown public schools crafted behind closed doors, and general lack of accountability to the State Board of Education and the public."
In 2015, Senator Schiavoni sponsored legislation that would make improper child restraints in vehicles a primary offense, meaning officers would not need another reason to pull the vehicle over. This legislation was at least partially motivated by a head-on crash in the Minerva, Ohio, area that killed three people, including an 11-year-old girl who had been riding in the vehicle's cargo area.
Fast Track Trade Agreements
Schiavoni is opposed to fast track trade agreements and has urged the US Congress "to oppose fast track legislation on trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership."
“Communities throughout the Ohio Valley have been devastated by previous fast track trade agreements, and we can’t allow that to happen again. We need fair trade deals that grow our economy and stop good paying jobs from leaving our shores.”
Schiavoni proposed legislation to require Ohio's governor to get approval from a state commission before closing or selling state-operated institutions such as prisons or centers for individuals with developmental disabilities. The proposed state commission would include "lawmakers, officials of the agency in charge of the institution, others who have worked with the agency, a union member, and members of the public."
- Committee on Rules (Ranking Member)
Family and Personal Life
Schiavoni is a member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Mahoning Valley, the Mahoning County Bar Association, Curbstone Coaches, the local Farm Bureau, Boardman Civic Association, Italian-American Education Foundation, and the Legends of Leather Boxing Organization.
|2010||Joe Schiavoni||63,771||60.05%||Matt Lewis||37,756||36.49%||John Fockler||3,677||3.46%|
- Biography: Senator Joe Schiavoni, The Ohio Senate
- "Senator Joe Schiavoni (D) - District 33". The Ohio State Senate. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
- "Senator Joe Schiavoni (D) - Biography | The Ohio Senate". www.ohiosenate.gov. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
- "Election coverage: Joe Schiavoni". Youngstown Vindicator. May 3, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
- "Joe Schiavoni appointed to replace Boccieri in state Senate". Buckeye State Blog. December 18, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
- "Schiavoni appointed to replace Boccieri". The News Leader. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
- "Senate Democrats Pick Senator Schiavoni To Serve As Assistant Minority Whip (Press Release)". 22 November 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- Wang, Robert (27 January 2012). "Boards and ballots: Schiavoni gets promotion". CantonRep. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- "Ohio Senate Democrats keep current leadership in place". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cleveland. 2014-11-19. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
- "Ohio Democrats eye raising minimum wage, expanding Medicaid". WKSU. Kent, Ohio. 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2015-01-22.
- Siegel, Jim (2015-01-21). "Democrats in Ohio Senate lay out agenda". Columbus Dispatch. Columbus. Retrieved 2015-01-22.
- "Senate Democrats outline legislative priorities". Youngstown Vindicator. Youngstown, Ohio. 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-01-22.
- "Senator Schiavoni Proposes Grant Program For Bullying Prevention". The Ohio Senate. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- "Senator Schiavoni Introduces Legislation To Protect Students". The Ohio Senate. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- "Youngstown Residents Speak Out Against CEO Takeover Of School District". The Ohio Senate. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- "Vindy.com - Rally against schools plan draws hundreds". Vindy.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- Mittereder, Greta. "Lawmakers say bill to take over Youngstown schools was rushed". WKBN.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- "State broke the law by ignoring online school F's, state school board says". Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- "Ohio ignores online school F's as it evaluates charter school overseers". Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- "Minority Leader Schiavoni Requests Special Audit Of Ohio Department Of Education". The Ohio Senate. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- "Senator Schiavoni Joins Call For State Board Of Education To Remove Superintendent Ross". The Ohio Senate. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- Byer, Kelly. "Young crash victim's family fights for tough seat-belt laws". Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- "Senators Schiavoni And Gentile Seek Tougher Penalties For Child Abuse Cases". The Ohio Senate. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- "Ohio state Senate passes bill to curtail collective bargaining". Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- "Overhaul of state's collective bargaining law proposed in Ohio Senate". Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- "Senator Schiavoni Comments On Governor's Decision To Strip Worker's Collective Bargaining Rights". The Ohio Senate. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- "Senators Schiavoni And Gentile Introduce Resolution Urging Congress To Oppose". The Ohio Senate. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- "Governor couldn't close state prisons, institutions without input under Senate bill". Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- The Ohio Senate: Senator Joe Schiavoni (D) - District 33
- Joe Schiavoni for Ohio, official campaign website