Senator Skindell Honored To Cast Vote To Give John Glenn Rare Statehouse Tribute

Today, I joined my colleagues on the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board in voting to allow former astronaut and U. S. Senator John Glenn to lie in state at the Ohio Statehouse. Glenn died Thursday at the age of 95. The honor is normally reserved for current and former governors, statewide office holders and members of the legislature. So, it was necessary for the Board to meet this morning to grant an exemption. 
 
The Glenn family made the request and I was honored to make a motion at the board meeting to fulfill their wishes for a Statehouse tribute to a remarkable man and a true American hero.
 
Members of the public were able to pay their respects to Senator Glenn when he lied in state on Friday, December 16 in the Statehouse rotunda. The New Concord, Ohio native and Marine Corps combat pilot became the first American to orbit the earth before he served 24 years in the United States Senate.
 
I am proud to say I worked on Glenn’s 1984 presidential campaign—an experience that reinforced my deep respect and admiration for the Senator and his wife Annie. They are two of the most outstanding people I have ever met.
 
The last person to lie in state at the Ohio Statehouse was Congressman Paul Gillmore in 2007. Only eight people have been honored this way, including President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) was elected to serve Lakewood, Cleveland and Ohio's 23rd Senate District in November, 2010. He comes from the Ohio House of Representatives, where he served four terms as the Representative for Ohio's 13th House District. He represented the people of Lakewood as a Councilman at Large between 1998 and 2002.

Michael Skindell

Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) was elected to serve Lakewood, Cleveland and Ohio's 23rd Senate District in November, 2010. He comes from the Ohio House of Representatives, where he served four terms as the Representative for Ohio's 13th House District. After graduating cum laude with a bachelor's degree in business and political science from Walsh College, Skindell earned his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He represented the people of Lakewood as a Councilman at Large between 1998 and 2002.

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016