WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Senate passed legislation that would rename a Columbus post office for community leader Clarence D. Lumpkin.

"Mr. Lumpkin tirelessly served both his community and our nation," Brown said. "We can never repay his service, but we can and should honor his contributions."

The legislation would rename the United States Postal Service facility located at 1979 Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, Ohio, as the "Clarence D. Lumpkin Post Office Building," in honor of the man often referred to as "The Mayor of Linden."  Following his service to our country in World War II, Lumpkin moved to Ohio where he served the Columbus community in various capacities, including as an elected member of the South Linden Area Commission, a leader in the creation of the local Community Development Block Grant Task Force, and an advocate for improved wastewater treatment.

Below is the full text of the letter of support written by Sens. Brown and George V. Voinovich (R-OH).

April 19, 2010

 

 Dear Chairman Carper and Ranking Member McCain:

 We write to express our support for H.R. 4840, a bill to designate the United States Postal Service facility located at 1979 Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, Ohio, as the "Clarence D. Lumpkin Post Office Building."  This legislation passed the House on March 21, 2010 and was referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on April 16, 2010.

 Mr. Clarence D. Lumpkin was born in 1925 to parents who made their living as sharecroppers.  Following high school, Mr. Lumpkin joined the Army, serving in New Guinea during World War II until he was honorably discharged in 1945.  After the war, Mr. Lumpkin moved from Florida to Ohio where he has since been a pillar of his community, including his service as an elected member of the South Linden Area Commission, a leader in the creation of the local Community Development Block Grant Task Force, and a successful advocate for the separation of storm and sanitation sewers to stop basement flooding.  He is affectionately known as the unofficial "Mayor of Linden"  because of his dedication to improving the lives of his fellow citizens.

 We encourage the Committee to recognize Mr. Lumpkin's contributions to our nation and his fellow Ohioans by promptly considering H.R. 4840.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

 Sincerely,

 

 

George V. Voinovich                                                                                       Sherrod Brown

                                                                                                                 

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