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Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr
Tony Celebrezze
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43rd Attorney General of Ohio

January 10, 1983 - January 6, 1991
GovernorDick Celeste
William J. Brown
Lee Fisher
46th Secretary of State of Ohio

January 8, 1979 - January 12, 1983
GovernorJames A. Rhodes
Ted W. Brown
Sherrod Brown
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 25th district

January 3, 1975-December 31, 1978
Paul Matia
Paul Matia
Personal details
Anthony Joseph Celebrezze, Jr.

September 8, 1941
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJuly 4, 2003(2003-07-04) (aged 61)
De Graff, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUnited States Naval Academy
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Juris Doctor)
OccupationPolitician, attorney

Anthony Joseph "Tony" Celebrezze Jr. (September 8, 1941 – July 4, 2003) was an American politician of the Democratic party, who served as Ohio Attorney General, Ohio Secretary of State and an Ohio State Senator. He was the son of Anthony J. Celebrezze

Early life and education

Anthony Joseph Celebrezze was born to Anthony J. Celebrezze and Anne M. Celebrezze in 1941. Tony was the oldest of three, along with sisters Jean Ann (Celebrezze) Porto, and Susan Marie (Celebrezze) Sullivan.

Anthony Joseph Celebrezze graduated from John Marshall High School in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1963, Tony graduated from the United States Naval Academy.[1] Tony served in the United States Navy for five years and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. In 1974, Anthony Joseph Celebrezze was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland State University.

Political career

Ohio state senator

Anthony Joseph Celebrezze was elected an Ohio state senator in 1974. While in the Ohio General Assembly, Tony was known for his honesty and fair dealing. In 1978, Anthony Joseph Celebrezze defeated incumbent Republican Ted W. Brown in the election for Ohio Secretary of State. Tony served as Ohio secretary of state from 1979 to 1983.

Attorney general

In 1982, Anthony Joseph Celebrezze ran for Ohio Attorney General, facing off against by Republican Charles R. Saxbe, a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. Both were the sons of former Presidential Cabinet members with good name recognition. Tony would beat Saxbe by a margin of nearly two-to-one (2,036,243 to 1,203,797).[2]

Anthony Joseph Celebrezze easily won re-election in 1986 by defeating Barry Levey, 1,821,587 to 1,222,102.[3] While serving as attorney general, Anthony Joseph Celebrezze fought a legal battle against the United States Department of Energy over the nuclear and chemical pollution at the Fernald nuclear weapons plant, which for years had been kept secret under the disguise of the Fernald Feed Materials Production Center. The legal victory gave the Ohio state government the right to regulate the clean-up of the site.

Run for governor

In 1990, Celebrezze ran for governor to replace Richard F. Celeste, who was barred from running for a third consecutive term due to term limits. For lieutenant governor, Celebrezze chose Eugene Branstool, an Ohio state senator who was a mid-state farmer from Utica, Ohio. The pair easily won the Democratic primary over Michael Hugh Lord and Judy Wynn Parker (683,932 to 131,564).[4]

For the general election, Celebrezze faced a formidable Republican foe, George Voinovich, the popular out-going Cleveland Mayor. Voinovich's running mate was Mike DeWine, a U.S. Congressman from Cedarville, Ohio. Celebrezze lost in a landslide (1,938,103 to 1,539,416).[5] Some analysts attribute his loss, in part, to Celebrezze's much-criticized switch from his long-held pro-life views to a pro-choice position. However, the combination of Voinovich and DeWine was balanced better geographically, whereby Voinovich took the northeast Ohio votes from Celebrezze's natural base and DeWine adding the votes from down-state urban areas in the southeast such as Greater Dayton and Greater Cincinnati.

After politics

Celebrezze was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 1998.[6] In April 2001, Celebrezze joined Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter, a law firm based in Columbus, Ohio.[7]

Personal life

Celebrezze and his wife, the former Louisa Godwin, had five children.[]

Celebrezze died on July 4, 2003, of a heart attack after finishing third in a Dwarf Car auto race at Shadybowl Speedway in De Graff, Ohio.[8]

Celebrezze's cousins were former Ohio Chief Justice Frank Celebrezze and former Ohio Supreme Court Judge James Celebrezze. Celebrezze was the father of Anthony J. Celebrezze III and the cousin of Ohio appeals court judge Frank D. Celebrezze III. His uncle was Frank D. Celebrezze Sr.[]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Ohio Secretary of State Election Results Archived 2011-06-14 at the Wayback Machine General Election Overview: November 2, 1982 (accessed February 14, 2010)
  3. ^ Ohio Secretary of State Election Results Archived 2010-02-03 at the Wayback Machine General Election Overview: November 4, 1986 (accessed February 15, 2010)
  4. ^ Ohio Secretary of State Election Results Archived 2010-02-03 at the Wayback Machine Democratic Primary: May 8, 1990 (accessed February 15, 2010)
  5. ^ Ohio Secretary of State Election Results Archived 2010-02-03 at the Wayback Machine General Election: November 6, 1990 (accessed February 15, 2010)
  6. ^ "Ohio Veteran's Hall of Fame, Class of 1998". Ohio Department of Veterans Services. Archived from the original on 2012-01-30. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Celebrezze joining Kegler Brown Business First of Columbus, April 10, 2001 (Accessed January 5, 2010)
  8. ^ Congressional Record

External links

Legal offices
Preceded by
Ted W. Brown
Ohio Secretary of State
1979 - 1983
Succeeded by
Sherrod Brown
Preceded by
William J. Brown
Attorney General of Ohio
1983 - 1991
Succeeded by
Lee Fisher
Party political offices
Preceded by
Dick Celeste
Democratic Party nominee for Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Rob Burch

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