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Oxley Center dedication set

Gov. John Kasich and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will be in Findlay today as they join former U.S. Rep. Michael Oxley for the dedication of the Michael G. Oxley Government Center at the Hancock Historical Museum.

The dedication is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the museum, 422 W. Sandusky St. The event is not open to the public.

The Oxley Center was created by enhancing the Congressional Study Room and an adjacent conference room on the second floor of the main museum building.

Sarah Sisser, executive director of the museum, said Oxley made a substantial donation to help with the creation of the center.

The center has interactive kiosks with touch-screens and audiovisual displays focusing on responsibilities of U.S. citizenship and government. The displays are geared toward the fourth-grade state curriculum guidelines, but will be functional and open to anyone who visits the museum.

The center will also honor the six men from Findlay who have served as U.S. congressmen from the district, including Jackson Betts, Ralph D. Cole Sr., R. Clinton Cole, Tennyson Guyer, William Mungen, and Oxley.

Oxley, 70, is a Republican who represented the 4th Congressional District, which included Findlay and Hancock County at the time, from 1981 through 2007, when he retired.

He was born in Findlay, received a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in 1966 and a law degree from Ohio State University in 1969.

From 1969 to 1972, Oxley worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1973 to 1981.

In the U.S. House, Oxley served as chairman of the Financial Services Committee, which oversees banking, insurance and securities issues.

He was House sponsor of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which set new or enhanced standards for all U.S. public company boards, management and public accounting firms.

Oxley became a prolific fundraiser during the last half of his tenure in Congress, and gave much of that away to other GOP candidates.

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