Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival’s 2013 Grand Marshall is Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. Each year Main Street Port Clinton recognizes an individual at the Walleye Festival who has made a positive impact on the Port Clinton Community.
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who represents Northern Ohio's Ninth Congressional District, is currently serving her sixteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the senior-most woman in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congresswoman Kaptur fought vigorously to win a seat on the House Appropriations Committee. She has risen in seniority and now serves as the senior Democratic woman on the committee. She has secured appointments to three important subcommittees: Defense, Agriculture, the leading industry in her state; and Transportation/Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Congresswoman Kaptur was also appointed by party leadership to serve on the prestigious House Budget Committee for the 112th Congress.
Kaptur is the first Democratic woman to serve on the Defense subcommittee. During her legislative career, she has also served on the Banking and Veterans Affairs Committees.
Congresswoman Kaptur has focused efforts on rebuilding the economy of her district through improvements in bridge, road, rail and port facilities; clean-up of the waterways adjacent to Lake Erie; development of initiatives to enhance the earnings potential of Northwest Ohio crops; shipping of federal cargos on the Great Lakes; acquisition of wildlife refuges and shoreline recreation; and expansion of university-related research.
Kaptur is a native of Toledo, Ohio, a member of Little Flower Roman Catholic Church, and a graduate of St. Ursula Academy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Wisconsin (1968) and a master's in urban planning from the University of Michigan.
In 1993, Congresswoman Kaptur was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Toledo in recognition of her "effective representation of the community." St. Ursula Academy named Kaptur Alumna of the Year in 1995. She is recipient of the Taubman College Distinguished Alumna award from the University of Michigan, making her the first woman so recognized and the first graduate of the Urban and Regional Planning Program to be so honored.
Kaptur recently received the Director's Award from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University for her commitment to increased understanding and appreciation of the peoples and cultures of Eurasia, Russia and East Europe.
She was named the National Mental Health Association's "Legislator of the Year" for her championing of mental health and received the 2002 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Kaptur is also the author of a book, “Women in Congress: A Twentieth Century Odyssey”, that was published by Congressional Quarterly in 1996.
For more information on the Walleye Festival Parade contact the Main Street Port Clinton office at 419-734-5503 or visit www.walleyefestival.com.