Ohio Citizen Action

Call for nominations for the Ohio Citizen Action Howard M. Metzenbaum Award

Senator Howard M. Metzenbaum

The Ohio Citizen Action Howard M. Metzenbaum Award is the highest honor the organization can give. Since 1995, it has been presented to an Ohioan who best reflects Senator Metzenbaum’s example of principled tenacity.

Ohio Citizen Action is inviting nominations for this year’s award by February 29, 2016.

When Howard M. Metzenbaum retired from the U.S. Senate in 1994, Ohio Citizen Action decided to honor him by presenting its highest award in his name. Throughout his years of service in the Senate, Senator Metzenbaum’s name was synonymous with principled tenacity.

Senator Metzenbaum authored milestone laws during his eighteen years in the  U.S. Senate, including measures requiring advance notice of plant closings, food labeling, and the availability of orphan drugs, He saved taxpayers billions of dollars in his legendary fight against high utility rates. After he retired from the Senate, he served as Chairman of the Consumer Federation of America, where he continued his unparalleled service, helping stop the proposed takeover of Blue Cross by Columbia HCA, protecting meat inspection standards, and fighting for consumer protections in the telecommunications industry.

Senator Metzenbaum was a long-time partner and ally of Ohio Citizen Action. He participated in the founding conference of the organization and was a champion of the organization’s campaigns for fair utility rates, toxic chemical right to know laws, and advance notice of plant closings.

Award Criteria: The nominee must be a resident of or have a strong connection to Ohio and must have demonstrated achievements exhibiting “principled tenacity.”

Nominations Process:

Please provide the following:

  1. Nominee’s name, address, phone, occupation and/or organizational affiliations.
  2. Your reasons for nominating this individual for the Metzenbaum Award.
  3. Relevant background information, such as nominee’s biographic sketch or resume, newspaper articles or other materials.
  4. Your name and contact information.

Please send nominations to Melissa English, Development Director, Ohio Citizen Action, 2330 Victory Parkway #401 Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Thank you.