COLUMBUS— Former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Paul Tipps died this afternoon (Tuesday, April 21st, 2015) surrounded by his loving family.
Tipps’ family released the following statement:
“Children with loving fathers learn early on that they are wanted and they have value. Our father’s love inspired us to become secure, productive adults, and his lessons on life taught us to embrace the Democratic Party principles of opportunity and justice for all.
“People have long praised his ability bring people together to get things done. He partnered with CJ McLin during the height of racial tensions in Dayton. He deftly worked with both parties in the state legislature on policies that moved Ohio forward.
“Some of his abilities to lead came naturally. Some came from on-the-job-training as the father of four daughters. The daughters out-numbered him and occasionally ganged up on him. But he always won by urging us to defer to our better angels.
“We miss him already.”
– Debora Batta, Penny Tipps, Tammara Tipps, Polly Tipps-Kesig and Tony Tipps
In response to Tipps’ passing, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said, “When Paul stepped down as Democratic Party Chair, Democrats controlled statewide offices, the legislature, Supreme Court and both U.S. Senate seats—an incredible legacy of success. And all of those officeholders made a difference for the people of Ohio.”
“On a personal note, both when he served as chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, and long after, Paul was a personal friend and mentor of many Democrats over the years, including myself.
“My thoughts and prayers, and those of the entire Ohio Democratic Party, are with Paul and his family at this difficult time,” said Pepper.
Upon the news of Tipps’ passing, former U.S. Senator John Glenn said, “Annie and I are very saddened to know of the passing of our good friend Paul Tipps. Paul did great work as a civic activist through so many years. The State of Ohio, our John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University and we personally had no better friend. His loss is a major one for us all.”