State Senator Joe Schiavoni
the Democratic Leader of the Senate. He had previously served two years as Assistant Senate Democratic Leader.
Senator Schiavoni works to bring job creation and economic development to communities across Ohio, led the successful fight to repeal HB 5 the ill-conceived public sector right to work (for less) legislation, and is an ardent advocate for programs that will upgrade the state's water infrastructure.
Senator Schiavoni is a champion for public education in Ohio. He has sought increased funding for K-12 education and fought to make charter schools accountable for the taxpayer dollars they receive and spend. He was also a vocal opponent of Gov. Kasich's "Youngstown Plan." This scheme, developed behind closed doors without public input, placed control of Youngstown's public schools in the hands of an unelected, unaccountable CEO. Senator Schiavoni traveled the state gathering opinions from parents, students, and educators in an effort to craft a community-driven alternative.
Joe Schiavoni grew up on the South Side of Youngstown then moved to Boardman. He is a graduate of Boardman High School, the Ohio State University where he earned a BS in Communications and Capital University from which he received his Juris doctorate degree.
Senator Schiavoni is admitted to the Ohio Bar and West Virginia Bars and practices workers compensation law at Schiavoni, Schiavoni, Bush and Muldowney LLC.
Senator Schiavoni was appointed to the Ohio Senate in 2008 and was elected to full, four four-year terms in 2010 and 2014.
Senator Schiavoni is active in his community. He 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.
He and his wife Margaret, a nurse-anesthetist, reside in Boardman with their sons Louie and Dominic.
Senator Joe Schiavoni represents the 33rd Senate District, which encompasses all of Columbiana and Mahoning Counties. In 2013, Senator Schiavoni's colleagues unanimously elected him
State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan
Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan is a wife, a mother and a working woman who cares deeply about her community, region, and state. Her grandparents were Italian and Irish immigrants who
came to America in search of a better life. They worked tirelessly to build a better future for her parents.
Rep. Lepore-Hagan's mother was a passionate public educator who believed teaching was much more than a job. It was a calling, a skill, a vocation. Her father was an abstract painter and professor at Youngstown State University. He constantly encouraged her to think differently and challenged her to follow her dreams.
She did exactly that after graduating from Ohio University. She moved to New York City to pursue a career as a modern dancer then returned home where her future husband, Bob Hagan who was engaged in a successful campaign for the Ohio House.
After the election, Rep. Lepore-Hagan took a job at Youngstown State University and eventually became Director of YSU's Performing Arts Series. During the ensuing 27 years, she raised two children and became a political and community activist.
In 2014 she decided to seek the 58th District seat being vacated by her husband. She was overwhelmingly elected that year and reelected in 2016.
During her first term in office, she forced Governor Kasich to keep his promise to provide Austintown and the other communities hosting racinos with hundreds of thousands of dollars that will help defray costs associated with providing police and fire protection and other government services, joined with members of the disabled community and their families in the fight to preserve the state’s Developmental Disability Centers, opposed Gov. Kasich's plot to take over the Youngstown City Schools, and brought home more than $16 million in capital appropriations funding for projects in the Mahoning Valley.
Rep. Lepore-Hagan is an active and effective advocate for public edcation, women's rights, and the arts.
State Representative John Boccieri
A veteran, commercial airline pilot, former U.S. congressman, and state senator, John Boccieri now represents Ohio's 59th House district which encompasses most of Mahoning County and parts of Stark County.
Throughout his years of public service, Rep. Boccieri has fought to bring middle-class jobs back to his local community by sponsoring legislation to support small businesses, encourage entrepreneurship and grow the economy.
Rep. Boccieri values diverse opinions and is committed to working across the aisle to address the most important issues facing Ohio families today. He supports plans to expand access to healthcare, improve Ohio's public education system and ensure that middle and working-class families have an opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
Rep. Boccieri helped pass legislation to create a regional community college and secured funding that enabled the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport to continue to serve as the site of a large Air Force Reserve installation. He also successfully fought to establish a military injury relief fund for veterans fo the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
John grew up in Northeast Ohio and helped his Ursuline High School baseball team win the state championship. His dedication in the classroom and on the field earned him a scholarship to St. Bonaventure University in New York where he graduated with honors in economics. John tried out for several Major League baseball teams and played a season in the newly formed independent professional Frontier League, before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. While on active duty at Little Rock Air Force Base, he earned master’s degrees in public administration and business from Webster University in St. Louis.
His work in the legislature and Congress has earned accolades from groups throughout Ohio. He received the Merle Shoemaker award for integrity in office by Ohio Democrats and was recognized as the Legislator of the Year by the AMVETS and East Central Ohio Education Association in 2004. In addition, he received the 2006 Legislator of the Year award from the Ohio League of Sportsman for state conservation efforts.
John and his spouse Stacey Kennedy Boccieri reside in Poland with their five children.