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Thomas Norman Kindness (August 26, 1929 – January 8, 2004) was a member of the United States House of Representatives representing Ohio from January 3, 1975 to January 3, 1987.

Tom Kindness
Tom Kindness 97th Congress 1981.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byWalter E. Powell
Succeeded byBuz Lukens
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 58th district
In office
January 3, 1971 – December 31, 1974
Preceded byThomas Rentschler
Succeeded byMichael A. Fox
Personal details
Thomas Norman Kindness

(1929-08-26)August 26, 1929
Knoxville, Tennessee
DiedJanuary 8, 2004(2004-01-08) (aged 74)
Devonshire, England
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Maryland
George Washington University

Life and careerEdit

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Kindness graduated from Glendale High School in Glendale, California, in 1947. Kindness received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1951 and his bachelor of laws degree from George Washington University in 1953. While a student at Maryland, Kindness became a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.[1]

He was assistant counsel for paper company Champion International, in Hamilton, Ohio, from 1957 to 1973, and was elected to the city council of Hamilton in 1964, serving until 1969. He served as mayor of Hamilton from 1964 to 1967. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1971 to 1974, when he was elected to Congress from Ohio's eighth congressional district, defeating Democrat T. Edward Strinko.

Kindness was re-elected five times: defeating Democrats John W. Griffin in 1976, Luella R. Schroeder in 1978, John W. Griffin again in 1980 and 1982, and John T. Francis in 1984.

In 1986, Kindness won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, but he lost to incumbent John Glenn. After this loss, Kindness stayed in Washington, D.C., and worked as a lobbyist. When Donald "Buz" Lukens, who had replaced Kindness as the 8th district's representative, was caught in a sex scandal in 1989, Kindness attempted to win his old seat, opposing Lukens in the 1990 Republican primary.

He entered a Republican primary battle that included Lukens, Union Township trustee John Boehner (who would later be elected to the seat and become House Speaker during his term in Congress) and lesser-known candidates.

Early polls gave Kindness a 60-point lead over the relatively obscure Boehner. But Boehner attacked Kindness's ethics, citing Kindness's votes for congressional pay raises and against limits on fees for speeches by congressmen. Boehner also depicted Kindness as a carpetbagger who had abandoned his district for Washington. Despite Kindness's outspending him 5-1, Boehner won the nomination with 49 percent of the vote. Kindness finished with 32 percent and Lukens with 17 percent.

Kindness died in Devonshire, England at the age of 74.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Terrapin Yearbook. College Park, MD: University of Maryland. 1951.
  • Rebecca Goodman. "Thomas Kindness, 74, was lawmaker in D.C., Hamilton". The Cincinnati Enquirer. January 14, 2004
  • "Thomas Kindness, former local, state and federal representative". Cincinnati Post. January 13, 2004.

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