Columbus – Today, State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) joined his colleagues on the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board in voting to allow former astronaut and U. S. Senator John Glenn to lie in state at the Ohio Statehouse. Glenn died Thursday at the age of 95.  The honor is normally reserved for current and former governors, statewide office holders and members of the legislature.  So, it was necessary for the Board to meet this morning to grant an exemption. 

“The Glenn family made the request and I was honored to make a motion at the board meeting to fulfill their wishes for a Statehouse tribute to a remarkable man and a true American hero,” said Senator Skindell.

Members of the public will be able to pay their respects to Senator Glenn when he lies in state Friday in the Statehouse rotunda.  The New Concord, Ohio native and Marine Corps combat pilot became the first American to orbit the earth before he served 24 years in the United States Senate.

“I am proud to say I worked on Glenn’s 1984 presidential campaign—an experience that reinforced my deep respect and admiration for the Senator and his wife Annie,” said Senator Skindell.  “They are two of the most outstanding people I have ever met. I encourage every Ohioan who is able to join us this Friday to come to the Statehouse to honor Senator Glenn.”

The last person to lie in state at the Ohio Statehouse was Congressman Paul Gillmore in 2007.  Only eight people have been honored this way, including President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

 
 
 
  
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