State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) today applauded the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 159, which designates a portion of State Route 2 – also known as the West Shoreway, beginning in Lakewood and connecting to Cleveland – as the Richard F. Celeste Shoreway.
“I am pleased to announce the passage of this bill, which honors hometown public servant Richard F. Celeste and his career of service to our state,” said Rep. Antonio. “The naming of this portion of the shoreway celebrates an outstanding governor and the Celeste family’s legacy of public service to Ohio.”
Richard F. Celeste served two terms as Ohio governor from 1983 to 1991. Governor Celeste and his brother, former Representative Ted Celeste, are both natives of Lakewood, Ohio. Their father, Frank P. Celeste, served two terms as mayor of Lakewood from 1956 to1963. 

“Governor Celeste has led a long and distinguished career as a public servant,” said Senator Skindell. “Personally, it is an honor for me to see this legislation passed, as I was inspired by candidate and Governor Celeste when I was attending college in the 1980s. It is also an honor to know that this portion of State Route 2 will bear the name of a great governor and great man, Richard Celeste.” 

Celeste had a storied and impressive career of service to the people of the State of Ohio and the United States, as he served in various capacities under Presidents Kennedy, Carter, Clinton and Bush. He served as U.S. Ambassador to India from 1997 until 2001. The following year he was inaugurated as the 12th president of Colorado College in Colorado Springs and has since retired.

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