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Remembering Paul Tipps, Ohio Leader April 22, 2015
Tim Ryan, D-OH
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to remember Paul Tipps of Ohio who passed away yesterday afternoon. Paul Tipps was a great leader when political giants dominated Ohio. Paul stepped down as Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party in 1983, and Democrats with his help held the top five statewide offices, both houses of the state legislature, a majority of the state Supreme Court, and both U.S. Senate seats. Originally from Cincinnati, Paul graduated from the University of Dayton and served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He helped C.J. McLin of Dayton begin his long time career in the state legislature, ran for Congress himself in 1968, and served six years as Chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party. C.J.’s daughter Rhine McLin remembers that “Paul understood people and he understood politics.” Paul considered C.J. one of his political mentors along with legendary state House Speaker Vern Riffe and U.S. Senator John Glenn. John Glenn remarked that Paul “did great work as a civic activist through so many years” and that he and Annie Glenn had no better friend. Paul served as Trustee of Wright State University and on the Board of Advisors at Ohio State‘s John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Few have had as many successes as Paul and the secret to Paul’s success was his ability to bring people together. I ask my colleagues to share in the memories of the extraordinary service of Paul Tipps and extend our most sincere condolences to all of Paul’s family and friends."
Honoring Paul Torgersen April 16, 2015
Morgan Griffith, R-VA
"Paul was born on October 13, 1931 in Staten Island, New York. In 1953, he graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with a B.S. in industrial engineering, and went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1956 and 1959, respectively. Paul joined the faculty of Oklahoma State University in 1959, and served until 1966 first as an assistant professor and later as an associate professor."
Honoring The Life Of Jack Ford, Mayor Emeritus And President Of City Council, Former State Representative And Minority Leader Of The Ohio House Of Representatives April 13, 2015
Marcy Kaptur, D-OH
"Born in Springfield, Ohio to Edna and Stanton Ford, Jack Ford graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in social work. Already on a path to public service, he began his career with the Ohio Youth Commission. He came to Toledo in 1974 to earn his law degree from the University of Toledo. He then became director of the Lucas County Mental Health Board and consolidated county agencies into Substance Abuse Services Inc—known as SASI—which he directed."
The Jim Obergefell Story April 13, 2015
Sherrod Brown, D-OH
"I look at the pages who sit before us who are mostly 16 and 17-years-old. This is something that makes no sense to most of them. When I was talking to Jim earlier in my office, he had made a speech in Athens, OH, to Ohio University students. He told me most of them could not understand why State laws would prohibit somebody from marrying the person whom they love. They could not understand why the State government, the Ohio State government, would spend my tax dollars and Jim’s tax dollars, the tax dollars of Hazel’s parents—mother of the page from Ohio—the tax dollars of all of us to fight this court battle so that Jim’s marriage would be denied."
Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015—Motion To Proceed—Continued February 24, 2015
Sherrod Brown, D-OH
"When Carter G. Woodson started what became Black History Month in 1926, my State of Ohio—the Presiding Officer’s State—had already produced 19th-century poet Paul Laurence Dunbar; Columbus native Granville T. Woods had already invented the telegraph device that sent messages between moving trains and train stations; Mary Jane Patterson had already become the first Black woman to graduate from Oberlin College, in my part of Ohio; Garrett Morgan, a Clevelander, had already invented the traffic signal; Ohio State Representative John P. Green had introduced a bill to establish Labor Day in Ohio, which later became Labor Day, which we all celebrate; and COL Charles Young, who found freedom in Ripley, OH, in the Presiding Officer’s old congressional district, became the highest ranking African-American commanding officer in the U.S. Army in 1894—120 years ago—and the first African-American superintendent of a national park."

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