COLUMBUS - Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni released the following statement on the passing of Former Senator John Glenn.

"Statesmen like John Glenn come along once in a lifetime. From his service as a Marine pilot to his pioneering space expeditions to his expansive career in public service: Senator Glenn truly did it all.

"John Glenn was fearless. His resume of groundbreaking achievements spans three quarters of a century. Americans may not know that John Glenn requested and flew 59 combat missions in World War II, and 63 more in the Korean War. They may not know he set the 1957 speed record, flying from Los Angeles to New York in three hours and 23 minutes. 

"Instead, our nation celebrates John Glenn as the first American to orbit the Earth. They remember him as a great senator from the state of Ohio, who fought tirelessly for the people of our state. Never satisfied, Senator Glenn also later became the oldest person to go into space.

"In Ohio, John Glenn will live on through the many public service projects he founded and helped to grow. Each year, students from the John Glenn Institute for Public Service leave The Ohio State University with the same sense of civic duty that lived in the program’s namesake.

"John Glenn was an Ohio legend and a true American hero. We could not be more proud of the legacy he leaves our great state.  We offer our deepest condolences to his wife and lifelong partner, Annie, as well as his family, his friends, and all whose lives were improved through knowing him."

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