State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) today announced the Senate passage of legislation honoring the legacy of former State Senator Stanley Mechem. The bill designates a portion of State Route 33 at the Nelsonville Bypass as the "State Senator C. Stanley Mechem Memorial Highway." 

"It is truly an honor to recognize the life and legacy of Senator Mechem through this highway dedication," said Balderson. "Senator Mechem's contributions to the people of Ohio and our region were tremendous and lasting." 

Senator Charles Stanley Mechem was born in Nelsonville, Ohio on January 29, 1893. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War One, Mechem joined his family's small business and was first elected to the Ohio Senate in 1942. 

In 1953, Senator Mechem was elected President Pro-Tempore and continued as a ranking member until his retirement in 1965.

Senate Bill 187 memorializes the legacy of longtime southeastern Ohio resident and public servant State Senator C. Stanley Mechem by designating a portion of the new bypass that runs through Nelsonville.

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