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U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez donates papers to Ohio State

Former Buckeye and NFL wide receiver represented Ohio’s 16th Congressional district

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez has donated his official congressional papers to The Ohio State University.

Gonzalez has served the people of Ohio’s 16th congressional district since 2019. He announced in September 2021 that he would not seek reelection in 2023.

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony GonzalezGonzalez attended Ohio State, where he graduated with a degree in philosophy and played wide receiver for the Buckeyes (2004-2006). He was a first-round draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts. Gonzalez spent five years in the NFL with the Colts and the New England Patriots. After retiring from the NFL, Gonzalez attended Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received his Master of Business Administration.

“Drawing from experience in the classroom, on the gridiron and in the high-tech sector, Rep. Gonzalez made a significant mark as a policymaker in a short period of time,” said President Kristina M. Johnson. “His congressional papers will be an important and meaningful addition to the Ohio Public Policy Archives, and I greatly appreciate his decision to honor his alma mater in this fashion.”

During his two terms in Congress, Gonzalez served on the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He was also on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group devoted to finding common ground. Gonzalez dedicated his time in Congress to issues facing northeast Ohio and Ohio’s 16th district, including the economy, health care and technological innovation.

“I’m proud to house my congressional archives at my beloved alma mater,” said Gonzalez. “My four years at Ohio State shaped my life in immeasurable ways and I am thankful to be able to contribute these archives to such an incredible place."

Gonzalez’s congressional collection includes materials related to his terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and contains legislative files, correspondence and audiovisual materials.

Gonzalez’s papers will become part of the Ohio Public Policy Archives (OPPA), a special collection of The Ohio State University Libraries. OPPA compiles, preserves and makes accessible the unique historical materials documenting the immediate and long-term impact of Ohio members of the U.S. Congress.

The Gonzalez collection will be open to students, faculty and the general public for research in 2024, after the papers have been sorted and arranged by archivists.

For further information, contact Carly Dearborn, Public Policy Archivist, at 614-247-1605 or dearborn.8@osu.edu.


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