State Senator Tom Roberts has been a member of the Ohio State Senate since 2002, before which he served as a State Representative from 1986-2000. Roberts was educated at Sinclair Community College, where he is currently an advisor for the Sinclair Ohio Fellows student leadership development program and a co-advisor for the Student Government Association. He later graduated from the University of Dayton, where he served as a Trustee from 1991-2000. Senator Roberts has a special interest in school-related issues and was a key proponent to preserve Central State University as an independent four-year institution. Additionally, he is a member of the Ohio School Facility Commission, the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, the Ohio Partnership for Continued Learning and the Ohio Dropout Prevention Summit.