Eastern Ohio has a state senator who cares about the region’s residents and who represents their interests well in Columbus.
Lou Gentile of Steubenville represents the 30th Senate District, including Belmont, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe and several other counties. The Democrat is completing his first Senate term and serves as assistant minority whip. His previous experience includes time in the Ohio House of Representatives and as assistant director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia.
Gentile is known for his ability to work in a bipartisan fashion and for knowing the issues that affect his constituents. As the ranking member on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, he advocates for responsible development of Ohio’s natural resources.
Gentile is a strong voice for coal. He worked to keep Ohio’s Mine Safety Training Center in Harrison County and has urged Congress to pass the Miners Protection Act to protect pensions.
Also in the energy sector, he authored the “Ohio Workers First” amendment to require disclosure of the number of Ohio workers hired in the oil and gas industry and to encourage the use of Ohio-based businesses to create jobs. He sponsored Senate Bill 166 to require horizontal gas and oil well owners to develop emergency response plans. And he favors keeping more severance tax dollars in the counties where gas and oil are produced, rather than funding a statewide tax cut with the proceeds.
Gentile works for seniors and veterans, expanding the Homestead Exemption, lowering their taxes and urging businesses to hire qualified veterans. He also stands behind law enforcement, sponsoring measures such as SB 271 to allow retiring officers to purchase a police dog or horse for fair market value.
Gentile’s opponent in the Nov. 8 election, Republican Frank Hoagland of Mingo Junction, also has a solid record of service to our state and nation. Hoagland is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL and a small business owner who is admired by many.
But we believe Gentile’s legislative experience and his proven record of working for all the residents of Eastern Ohio make him the better choice during this election. We endorse Gentile and urge voters to cast their ballots for him on Nov. 8.