Residence: 438 N. Rhodes Ave. in Niles.
Education: He received a law degree in 2000 from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H., and a bachelor of science degree with a political science major and sociology minor from Bowling Green State University. He is a 1991 graduate of Warren John F. Kennedy High School, where he played quarterback on the school's football team. He also studied abroad in 1998 at the Dickinson School of Law in Florence, Italy.
Employment: Senator for Ohio's 32nd Senatorial District since January 2001. He is one of 12 Democrats in the 33-member Senate. He is the ranking minority member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and is a member of several Senate committees: Highways and Transportation; Judiciary Criminal Justice; and Insurance, Commerce and Labor. Before that, he had a summer internship in 1999 at the Trumbull County prosecutor's office. Also, he worked for U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. as a staff assistant from Sept. 1, 1995, to Aug. 31, 1997, and as a Washington, D.C., intern from June 1 to July 31, 1994.
Political accomplishments: He organized a rally recently in Columbus for students from the state's public universities to criticize state cuts to higher education. A bill he sponsored to make it a felony to throw or spray semen on another person recently received a second hearing in the Republican-controlled state Senate, an uncommon occurrence for a Democrat.
Professional memberships: Member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Niles, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Niles Men's Democratic Club (served as its president from 1996-97) and Italian Fraternal Home; a trustee of the Young Black Men's Association.
Sources: Vindicator files, Timothy Ryan