IN HONOR OF OHIO STATE REPRESENTATIVE KENNETH YUKO
(Extensions of Remarks - September 13, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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           IN HONOR OF OHIO STATE REPRESENTATIVE KENNETH YUKO

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                        HON. DENNIS J. KUCINICH

                                of ohio

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, September 13, 2012

  Mr. KUCINICH. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor State Representative 
Kenneth ``Kenny'' Yuko of Ohio's 7th House District.
  Representative Yuko started his career as a clothing buyer for 
Polsky's Department Store; however, he soon found he was developing a 
passion for union organizing and advocating for workers' rights. His 
first job in public service, which spanned 30 years, was with the 
Laborers' Local #860 Union. Not only did he act as a union organizer 
for 25 years, but he also earned several awards, including the 2000 
Organizing Award.
  Now as a State Representative, Mr. Yuko advocates for workers' rights 
as well as increased health care access and Multiple Sclerosis 
awareness. In 2004, he worked to pass H.B. 379, designating March as MS 
Awareness Month in Ohio. His efforts with this bill earned him Ohio 
Health Advocacy Network's 2006 award for Legislator of the Year. He 
also serves as a ranking member of the House Commerce, Labor and 
Technology committee and a member of the Health and Aging and Veterans 
Affairs Committees.
  Outside of his duties as State Representative, Mr. Yuko holds a place 
on the Bureau of Workers Compensation Oversight Committee, Unemployment 
Advisory Committee, Ohio Historical Society Board (ex-officio), and is 
an active member of the Cancer, Fire, Housing and Mental Health 
caucuses.
  Mr. Speaker and colleagues, please join me in honoring the 
achievements of State Representative Kenny Yuko.

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