Longtime Valley politician Harry Meshel passes away

Meshel was a former Youngstown State University trustee and has a building on campus named after him on Wick Avenue

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman Dave Betras confirmed that longtime Valley politician Harry Meshel has died at the age of 93.

Meshel was first elected to the Ohio Senate in 1971 and served for five terms until 1993.

During that time, he was also president of the state Senate.

Meshel resigned to become chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party — a position he held for two years.

He was a former Youngstown State University trustee, serving a nine-year term. He was instrumental in getting funding for the school’s technology center.

Meshel has a building on campus named after him on Wick Avenue.

He was also a member of the Mill Creek Park Board.

State Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko:

Harry Meshel was a great guy and a legend in Ohio Politics. I will always remember his warm, dynamic personality and his dedication to public service. Harry not only left his mark in the Ohio Senate but also in the Mahoning Valley where he served his community with distinction for many decades.”

Senator Joe Schiavoni:

Harry Meshel was a true champion for the underdog. People use that slogan all the time, but he lived it and I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from watching him. He treated people with respect no matter who they were or where they came from. The working people of Ohio lost a true friend and advocate today. Harry was the best and will be missed and loved by all of us.”

Youngstown State University:

The entire Youngstown State University community is saddened by the passing of Harry Meshel. Harry was an ardent advocate for the university for decades. As a state senator, he worked to bring millions of dollars to expand and enhance the campus. As a philanthropist, he created several endowed scholarships that have helped dozens of students pursue their educational goals at YSU. And as a member of the YSU Board of Trustees, he was a thoughtful, vocal supporter for students. Harry’s legacy as a Penguin is large, and he will be missed. Our deepest sympathies to his family.