WASHINGTON, D.C. - Canton's new federal building was named the "Ralph Regula Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse" during a dedication ceremony today. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sponsored the legislation to name the courthouse, which was signed into law by President Obama in October 2009.
"This building will be a physical reminder of Ralph's tireless dedication to Ohio's Sixteenth Congressional District," Brown said. "It was a privilege to work with him on issues ranging from education and health care to workforce training. He is a fine statesman and a good friend."
Sen. Brown first introduced this legislation in the Senate in 2008. He reintroduced the legislation in January 2009, and successfully passed it through committee and the full U.S. Senate. U.S. Rep. John Boccieri (D-16) introduced the House companion bill in March 2009. Boccieri's bill first passed in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on which the Congressman sits, and overwhelmingly passed the full U.S. House of Representatives in June.
This legislation names the new federal building at the corner of McKinley Avenue and Third Street Southwest the "Ralph Regula Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse." The building will house the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and clerk's office, the U.S. Trustee program, U.S. Marshal's service, Social Security Administration, and Internal Revenue Service. Regula worked for many years with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on behalf of the project for downtown Canton. The GSA will lease the building for a minimum of 20 years.