State Representatives Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) and Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) today announced the passage of Substitute Senate Bill 182 by the Ohio House of Representatives, an omnibus bill that designates multiple memorial highways across the state.


The legislation includes House Bill 22, a bridge-naming bill sponsored by Reps. Anielski and Dovilla, which names both the eastbound and westbound bridges that will span the Cuyahoga River as part of Interstate Highway 90 the “George V. Voinovich Bridge.”


“Senator Voinovich has been a champion pillar for our community,” said Rep. Anielski.  “The bridge-naming bill is just a small token of much deserved appreciation for his decades of public service for all Ohioans.”


Born in Cleveland in 1936, Voinovich’s career in politics began in 1963 as the Assistant Attorney General of Ohio. He was then elected to the Ohio House of representatives in 1967, where he served until 1971. His political career also includes his service as the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, a United States Senator, and most notably, the last Republican Mayor of Cleveland and the 65th Governor of Ohio.


“I am honored to sponsor this legislation to honor my former boss, a mentor and friend, George Voinovich,” said Rep. Dovilla.  “During an impressive public service career that spanned 44 years, George Voinovich left an indelible mark on our hometown of Cleveland and our beloved Buckeye State.  It is particularly fitting that we are naming a bridge after a man who helped build bridges for so many Ohioans of diverse backgrounds with his people-centered style of servant leadership.  We wish the senator and his wife, Janet, all the very best for continued happiness.”


Substitute Senate Bill 182 will now return to the Ohio Senate for concurrence on the changes made by the House.

 
 
 
  
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