Senator Cecil Thomas has a record of standing up for us


Domestic Violence

Senator Thomas will continue to fight to end domestic violence across our state. He has introduced legislation to prevent a person convicted of domestic violence, assault of a family member, or a person subject to certain protection orders, from having a firearm and to establish a procedure for surrendering all firearms in the person’s possession. He has also introduced legislation to create an address confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence, menacing by stalking, human trafficking, trafficking in persons, rape, or sexual battery and to allow wireless service account transfer in a domestic violence situation.

Reducing Gun Violence

As a former police officer, Senator Thomas knows that there are too many weapons on our streets and has been a major proponent of common sense gun control. He has introduced legislation to ban the sale and possession of bump-fire stocks in Ohio. The legislation would make the sale or possession of such devices for personal use a fourth-degree felony in the state.

He has co-sponsored legislation to ban assault weapons and require a registration database to track the purchase of firearms and ammunition.

He also believes in universal background checks on all purchases of guns and registration of all guns with a gun owner’s local law enforcement agency. This is one more tool for law enforcement to be aware of who owns a gun as they perform their duties.
He believes in closing the gun show loophole and wants to ban the sale of guns on the internet. Finally, he believes in increasing minimum age to purchase a gun to 21.

Gov Kasich has asked Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) to take the lead for the Senate Democratic Caucus on any bipartisan efforts to curb gun violence in Ohio.

Criminal Justice Reform

Senator Thomas believes that once an individual has served their sentence in prison, they should have an opportunity to begin life anew. He is a proponent of ‘Ban the Box’, which would prohibit employers from asking for a job application any questions concerning whether an applicant has been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to a felony.

Senator Thomas also believes in Modifying criminal sentencing and corrections law by including rehabilitation as a purpose of felony sentencing, removing the one-year minimum for presumptive fourth or fifth-degree felony community control sanctions.

He has worked on legislation that would grant a person the right to lawfully record any incident involving a law enforcement officer and to impose civil liability upon the state or a local law enforcement agency if a law enforcement officer employed by the state or local law enforcement agency interferes with the recording of the incident, destroys the recording, seizes the recording without a warrant or subpoena or the person’s consent, or retaliates against the person who recorded the incident.

Standing up for working people

Senator Thomas has co-sponsored legislation that would raise the minimum wage in the State of Ohio to a livable wage of $15 an hour. This not only helps families get out of poverty, but it also stimulates our economy, by allowing families to spend a little more money at local businesses.

He supported legislation that makes police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical workers diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder eligible for compensation and benefits under Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Law.


He has promoted legislation that qualifies students in noncredit community college and career and technical programs for Ohio College Opportunity Grants and requires the awarding of academic credit for community colleges’ career certification programs.

He has supported providing a three-day sales tax “holiday” in August of 2017 during which sales of clothing and school supplies are exempt from sales tax.

He supports legislation that requires community colleges, state community colleges, technical colleges, and university branches to comply with minority business enterprise set-aside requirements.


In 1976, while on the force, Senator Thomas recognized that there was a lack of minority representation, especially in policy-making decisions. He decided to take action to ensure that both African Americans and women received an equal opportunity to serve and protect their community. As a result of his actions, the Cincinnati Police Department increased the percentage of African Americans and women on the force to 40% under two federal consent decrees.

During the civil unrest in 2001, he emerged as a leader utilizing his experience as a police officer and community leader to quell the violence. Under his leadership, the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission soared to new heights as he assisted city leaders with restoring community trust while also building a cohesive community and police relations program. Today the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission recognized nationally as one of the premier human relations organizations in the country.

He made the choice to run for Cincinnati City Council after a request for additional funding for a successful program to assist young African Americans males was rejected.

Senator Thomas supports legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Voting Rights

Senator Thomas supports legislation that would create an online voter registration system. He also is a proponent of requiring that eligible persons in certain government and school databases be automatically registered to vote or have their registrations updated automatically unless those persons decline to do so and to create an online voter registration system.