A lifelong resident of Cuyahoga County and the son of a Cleveland Police Officer, Tom Patton’s life in public service has been about putting community and family first. He previously served in the Ohio House for six years and has now been a state senator since 2008.
In the Senate, Patton was once again selected to serve as the Majority Floor Leader. He serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee, and is a member of multiple other committees. In addition to his standing committees, Senator Patton also serves as co-chair of the Ohio Senate Autism Caucus, and as a member of the Ohio Athletic Commission, the ODOT Transportation Futures Steering Committee, and the Legislative Service Commission.
Over the years, Senator Patton has been recognized and honored by a diverse group of organizations and advocates. He was named an Honorary D.A.R.E. Officer by the D.A.R.E. Association of Ohio and has been recognized by the Autism Society of Ohio for his work to increase awareness of autism. Patton has also been named a ‘Watchdog of the Treasury’ multiple times for his commitment to fiscal responsibility. In addition, he has earned the Moms for Ohio Public Service Award, the FOP Distinguished Public Servant Award, the Ohio Public Images Award, the Ohio Alpaca Breeders Association Legislator Award, the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council Legislator of the Year for Protecting Consumer Choice Award and been named Legislator of the Year by the Ohio Professional Society of Engineers.
Patton is an active member of St. Colman’s parish and serves as chair of the church’s finance committee. He serves on the Incarnate Word Academy and Holy Name High School endowment boards, is a Cleveland Police Historical Society trustee, and has been a longstanding Strongsville Chamber of Commerce member. He is active in the Knights of Columbus, the AFL-CIO and he serves as president of the Treasurers and Ticket Sellers Local 756.
A widower, he raised his family of five daughters and one son in Strongsville and has been blessed with six grandchildren.