Senator Joseph Schiavoni - Senate District 33

A native son of the Mahoning Valley, Senator Schiavoni grew up on the South Side of Youngstown before moving to Boardman, where he graduated from Boardman High School. Taking after his father, Schiavoni spent his free time in the boxing ring and won the Golden Gloves tournament in Youngstown in 1995. 

Schiavoni attended Ohio University, where worked toward his degree while spending his summers back home in the Valley working at a local butcher shop. Schiavoni then earned his law degree from Capital University.

After law school, Schiavoni was admitted to the Ohio Bar as well as the West Virginia Bar. Following in the footsteps of his Grandfather and Father, he went to work representing injured workers at the law firm Schiavoni, Schiavoni, Bush and Muldowney. 

In 2008, he was appointed to a vacant seat in the Ohio Senate. He was elected to a full, four-year term for his Senate seat in 2010 and reelected in 2014.

As a legislator, Schiavoni has been a champion for workers. He helped lead the fight against Senate Bill 5, the bill that stripped away collective bargaining rights for Ohio’s public workers. He was proud to stand with teachers, firefighters, and police officers during the campaign to repeal the law. Since SB5, Schiavoni has fought to protect prevailing wage and collective bargaining rights for both public and private sector workers.

Schiavoni has worked to bring job creation and economic development to communities across Ohio. He has received wide acclaim for his bills to upgrade and improve underground infrastructure, which would create good-paying jobs and help protect against costly water crises like the ones that have occurred in Toledo and Sebring.

Senator Schiavoni is an advocate for public education in Ohio.  He believes that education policy should not be dictated by legislators in Columbus. That is why he traveled the state meeting with parents, students, and educators to hear their concerns about what is really going on in the classroom. Senator Schiavoni believes that education is the key to success and is supportive of increased funding for K-12 education. He has led the fight to hold accountable those online charter schools that waste taxpayer money and fail our students.

Back home, Senator Schiavoni remains active in the 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. 

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 the Democratic Leader of the Senate. He had previously served two years as Assistant Senate Democratic Leader. 

Senator Schiavoni and his wife Margaret, a nurse-anesthetist, reside in Boardman with their young sons Louie and Dominic.