COLUMBUS, Ohio – State Representative Michael Stinziano has received a 2015 Legislator of The Year Award from the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities.
The recognition, signed by Governor John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, commends Rep. Stinziano’s “dedication and commitment to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities throughout your district and our state. We thank you for your leadership and for the work you do to make Ohio a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”
"I thank Governor Kasich, Lieutenant Governor Taylor, and the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities for honoring me with this award," said Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat. "We can and must do more to promote the values of diversity, dignity and the quality of life for people with disabilities. Each of us must commit ourselves to be a catalyst to create systemic change to promote awareness of disability related issues that will ultimately benefit all citizens of Ohio.”
The Governor's Council on People with Disabilities consists of 21 members, the majority of whom must be people with disabilities. The members are appointed by the Governor and advise the Governor and General Assembly on statewide disability issues as well as educate and advocate for partnerships at the local, state and national level to promote equality, access, independence, and employment opportunities for the disabled.
The Council also named Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville) a Legislator of the Year.