RICHARD FRANK CELESTE The American politician is shown smiling and gazing into the camera in this black and white photograph, signed in black felt tip Photograph Signed: “Richard F. Celeste” in black felt tip. 8×10. Richard Frank “Dick” Celeste (b. 1937) is an American politician from Ohio and a member of the Democratic Party. President Carter appointed Richard Director of the Peace Corps from 1979 to 1981, where he was responsible for programs in 53 countries. He was elected as the 64th Governor of Ohio in 1983 and remained in that position until 1991. As governor, Celeste increased support for human services, mental health and addiction recovery services, funding for education and children services including providing onsite daycare for state employees. He is noted for opening many government positions to African Americans and women. He also allowed state employee unions to negotiate wages and benefits, rather than just working conditions. At the end of his last term he commuted several Ohio prisoners death sentences to life terms. Under his administration, the Governor’s art exhibits, chamber music concerts and First Lady’s spiritual retreats and theology gatherings as well as Christmas and Hannukah parties for neighborhood kids became regular seasonal events. The Residence Gardens, especially the rose garden, one of the oldest in the nation, were reconstituted and The Friends of the Residence were formed, with Les Wexner as their first president, in order to help the raising of private funds to defray the cost of those improvements. Celeste then established the consulting firm Celeste & Sabety Ltd. in Columbus. After he served as the director of the DNC’s healthcare campaign in 1993, President Clinton appointed him as United Sates Ambassador to India, a position he served in from 1997 to 2001. Richard Celeste is currently a member of the advisory boar… More information available. Please contact us if you have questions. HFSID 83608
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