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Remembering former Ohio lawmaker Michael DeBose
Michael DeBose advocated for poor, sick and minorities

Jo Ingles

A former state lawmaker from Cleveland who championed causes for people who are poor, sick and minorities has died. Michael DeBose was 58.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern served with DeBose during some of the eight years he was in the Ohio House.  Redern says he wasn’t always in step with his party, including when he supported Ohio' concealed carry law. But, Redfern says, DeBose practiced his beliefs.

Redfern on DeBose's legacy

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“If we look back at Michael’s legacy, it won’t be the number of bills passed. It will be the number of times he stood up and talked about what mattered to him….and that is the people who often times don’t have a voice.” 

DeBose also was a pastor and a former member of the Cleveland school board. He ended his legislative career in 2010 when he was forced out by term limits. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease in recent years, and died of an infection early Monday. 

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Chris Redfern voted FOR concealed carry,'s really hard to believe he gave that as an example of disagreement with Rep DeBose.

Posted by: Chad D. Baus (Buckeye Firearms Association) on April 24, 2012 11:04AM
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