Strongsville, OH – Representative Tom Patton announced today his intention to seek the Republican
nomination for Ohio’s 16th Congressional District. Patton, a life-long resident of Northeast Ohio currently
serves as Majority Whip in the Ohio House of Representatives. He previously served eight years in the Ohio
Senate where he also served as Majority Leader.
In making the decision to run, Patton cited the need get Washington moving for the working families of
Northeast Ohio. “Washington is so chaotic and ineffective now. One of the things I am most proud of in
my brief time in Columbus is how we’ve been able to effectively tackle balancing the budget, cutting taxes,
helping small businesses and getting things done for working families. Now, I’m just one person, but I want
to represent the people of Northeast Ohio as a voice of sanity and common sense,” Patton said.
Patton says he will focus on tax reform, job creation and national security if elected. “My focus has always
been on the basics – what matters to folks. Do they have a job? Do their children have a future in Northeast
Ohio? At the end of the week, how much money is left in their wallet? I’m going to fight for families like
I always have.” He added: “Somehow common-sense, conservative values have become uncommon in
Washington – let’s change that.”
Over the years, Representative Patton has been recognized and honored by a diverse group of organizations
and advocates. He 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, as well as twice the FOP Legislator of the Year Award, the Irish Good Fellow of the
Year Award and most recently “Legislator of the Year” by the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association.
Ohio’s 16th District is currently represented by Republican Jim Renacci who is seeking the Republican
nomination for Ohio Governor. OH-16 consists of communities from Cuyahoga, Medina, Wayne, Summit,
Stark and Portage Counties. This is Patton’s first run for federal office. He resides in the 16th District.
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 long-standing Strongsville Chamber of Commerce member.
A widower, he raised his family of five daughters and one son in Strongsville and has been blessed with eight