Portman Invites Mayor of Youngstown Tito Brown to Attend State of the Union Address

February 4, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of tomorrow evening’s State of the Union address, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that Tito Brown, Mayor of Youngstown, will accompany him as his guest:

“I’m honored to invite my friend Mayor Brown to join me for the State of the Union address,” said Portman. “I’m proud of the work Mayor Brown has done for the community of Youngstown and continue to be impressed with his leadership that is moving this city forward. Recently, Youngstown received a federal BUILD grant that will be used to provide great multimodal access between key employers in the Mahoning Valley, and I’m excited about how these transportation improvements will strengthen economic growth and job creation in Northeast Ohio.”

“It is truly an honor to be invited by Senator Portman to attend the State of the Union Address,” said Mayor Brown. “Sen. Portman and I have developed a great working relationship since I’ve been elected Mayor of the city of Youngstown. I am honored and look forward to representing Youngstown and it’s citizens at the President’s State of the Union address.”

NOTE: Portman sent a letter of support to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for the Youngstown BUILD Grant application in June of last year. Portman met with Youngstown leaders, including Mayor Brown, in January and September of last year to discuss the BUILD Grant.  He also discussed the merits of the BUILD Grant application with Secretary Chao in November. Last December, Portman met with Youngstown leaders in D.C. to discuss the BUILD project, which will enhance mobility, improve safety, and integrate technology into a modern and efficient multimodal transportation system in downtown Youngstown.