Ohio Democratic Party State Central Committee Man
2nd Senate District
Represents the following counties: Erie, Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa, Wood
- The following Erie County precincts will be in the 2nd Senate District:
- SAN A, SAN B, SAN C, SAND, SAN E, SAN F, SAN G, SAN H, SAN I, SAN J, SAN K, SAN L, SAN M, SAN N, SAN O, SAN P,
- KI VILL, BV VILL, CAST VILL, MIL VILL, GRO TWP, OX TWP
- HUR TWP #2, HUR TWP #3
- MAR TWP #1, MAR TWP #2, MAR TWP #3, MAR TWP #4
- MIL TWP #1, MIL TWP #2
- PER TWP #1, PER TWP #2, PER TWP #3, PER TWP #4, PER TWP #5, PER TWP #6, PER TWP #7, PER TWP #8, PER TWP #9, PER TWP #10
I am a lifelong resident of northwest Ohio and I have lived in Perrysburg since 1976. I worked as a locomotive engineer for the Penn Central-ConRail-Norfolk Southern system, retiring in October of 2007. I have been a union member since my undergraduate days at Ohio Northern University; first as a member of the American Federation of Musicians when I played with the Lima Symphony Orchestra, then with the United Transportation Union, and finally with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. I served both organizations as Legislative Representative at the local and state Levels. I served as 2nd Vice Chairman of the Ohio State Legislative Board of the Brotherhood from 2007 until May of 2010, when my term expired. At that time, I was appointed as Special Advisor to the Board, a position I still hold. I was elected BLET Division 4 delegate to the Northwest Ohio AFL-CIO Central Labor Council in 2002 and I represented the Ohio State Legislative Board of the BLET and I served three terms as a member of the Executive Board. I serve on the steering committee of Toledo-Area Jobs with Justice and I have since 2015 served as its Labor Chairman. I believe in and fully support organized labor, having carried a union card of one organization or another for over 50 years. Since retiring, I have spent time in Haiti with Missions International of America, on whose board I have served since 2002.
In addition to my union activities, since 2004, I have been a member of the Alumni Board of my college fraternity since 2005, and since 2012, have been a member of the Alumni Engagement Board of Ohio Northern University. I am a member of the Executive Board of the Wood County Democratic Party; a member of the executive board of the Perrysburg Democratic Club; and, since 2008, I have served as Precinct Captain.
I serve as a member of three transportation-related committees of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Since 2012, I have served as Vice-Chairman of the Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association, and I have been on the Steering Committee for National Train Day-Toledo for the past eleven years. I am a lifelong Methodist/United Methodist.
I was married to my wife, Terri, for almost fifty years. She passed in January of 2021. We are blessed with two married sons and three grandsons.