Ohio Speaker of the House Honored – Columbus
Ohio Speaker of the House Receives SAR Silver Good Citizenship Medal
William Batchelder, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives was awarded the SAR Silver Good Citizenship medal at his office in Columbus in December of 2012. He is a life member of the Western Reserve Society in Cleveland. Ohio Society President Steve Kelley and State Historian James Dunn made the presentation prior to the end of the 129th session of the Ohio House. Jean Yost of the Marietta Chapter recommended Speaker Batchelder for the award.
Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder returned to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2007, having previously served in the Ohio House for 30 years. He currently is serving his third consecutive term and was elected by his colleagues to serve as House Speaker during the 129th General Assembly.
Representative Batchelder has served as a judge for the Medina County Common Pleas Court, a judge on the Ninth District Court of Appeals from 1999 to 2005, and as a presiding judge on the same court of appeals from 2000 to 2001.
Speaker Batchelder in addition to the SAR, is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Medina County Township Association and the Grange. He is also a Lifetime Member of Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion and Amvets. Representative Batchelder currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Masonic Learning Center for Children, an organization that treats children with dyslexia. He is also an active participant in the Scanlon Inn of Court.
For his public leadership, judicial tenure, and military service, William Batchelder, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives is awarded the Silver Good Citizenship medal by his home state society.
The Silver Good Citizenship Medal, authorized in 1939, recognizes outstanding and unusual patriotic achievement and service that is of state or regional origin. The medal is presented to persons of prominence in the areas of government (including military service), religion, education, business and other professions, and other fields of endeavor. The award is the highest level of recognition for public service given by the State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.