Sawyer Finishing Up 16th, Final Year In Congress
November 13, 2002

Ohio Congressman Tom Sawyer (D-Akron) is just a few days away from becoming an ordinary citizen after more than 25 years in public office.

Congress convened yesterday for a short session to consider President Bush's proposed Homeland Security department and to pass a federal budget.

Sawyer is a northeast Ohio Democrat will finish his 16th year in Congress amid this lame duck session.

Redistricting combined Sawyer's Akron-area district with the Youngstown-area district formerly held by expelled Representative James Traficant. Democrat Tim Ryan defeated Sawyer in the primary and won the seat.

The 57-year-old Sawyer has been in public office most of his adult life, having been elected to the Ohio House in 1986.

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