Antonio & Skindell Dedicate I-90 West in Cleveland in Honor of Ohio's 64th Governor, Richard F. Celeste
November 9, 2019
Today at a ceremony at Lakewood High School, State Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and State Representative Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) dedicated a portion of I-90 West in Cleveland the “Governor Richard F. Celeste Highway.” The naming is a result of an amendment sponsored by Antonio and Skindell to Senate Bill 86, passed at the end of 2018.
“I was inspired by Governor Celeste’s progressive leadership which motivated so many young Ohioans to enter public service in the 1980s and the 1990s. Certainly I have been influenced by that leadership and have been honored to get to know Governor Celeste and his family over the years,” said Sen. Antonio. “I feel privileged to be involved in this dedication honoring Governor Celeste’s legacy to the state of Ohio.”
Richard Celeste entered politics in 1970 as a state representative before serving as lieutenant governor and then two terms as Ohio’s 64th governor from 1983 until 1991. Governor Celeste also served as the Director of the Peace Corps, U.S. Ambassador to India and President of Colorado College.
“Governor Celeste has led a long and distinguished career as a public servant,” said Rep. 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 I-90 in Cleveland will bear the name of a great governor and great man, Richard Celeste.”
The Richard F. Celeste Highway is located at I-90 West in Cleveland between mile markers 167 and 170.
“I am grateful for the recognition bestowed today,” said former Gov. Richard Celeste. “I was privileged to serve the people of this community and of our state, and truthfully, this honor belongs not only to me, but also to the many individuals in state government with whom I worked for 20 years. I love my hometown of Lakewood; I was proud to be ‘the Governor from Cleveland’; and I continue to care deeply about Ohio—truly the heart of it all. My hope today is for a fresh generation of dedicated citizens who will build a strong constituency for progressive change in our state.”