Cleveland native Bill Patmon is a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from the state's 10th district. The 68-year-old grew up in Cleveland, was member of the Cleveland City Council from 1990-2001..
Patmon, a member of the Cleveland City Council from 1990-2001, also has an interesting obsession with license plates. Last April, Patmon, 68, packaged an Ohio Superman license plate into the state budget to push a slow bill through. The co-creators of Clark Kent -- Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster -- grew up in Cleveland.
Now Patmon is a proposing a new edition to the official Ohio license plate collection. He is entertaining the idea of a specialty license plate celebrating the homecoming of Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James.
According to the AP, Patmon plans to introduce legislation for the "LeBron James Witness 2.0" tag within the next two weeks. Patmon penned a letter to other legislators arguing the piece of hardware would "honor the return home of our prodigal champion." He also pointed out James has long had a positive influence on the Ohio economy and his organization, the LeBron James Family Foundation, is a philanthropic fixture across The Buckeye State.
In his return, LeBron said his relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. Anyone still doubting it may soon be able to look at Ohio license plates to find that confirmation.
James grew up in Akron and played AAU basketball for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars. He attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron and was named Ohio Mr. Basketball a record three times. He played with the Cavaliers from 2003-2010, leading the team to its first ever NBA Finals appearance in 2007. After four seasons playing for the Miami Heat, James announced July 11 he would rejoin the Cavaliers.
Patmon won his seat in the Ohio House of Representatives in 2011. Among his other sports-related acts includes a proposed 2011 amendment, on behalf of then-Cleveland Browns Stadium (now FirstEnergy Stadium), that would officially keep guns out of Ohio stadiums. His legislation was denied.
Ohio has more than 70 current specialty license plates. A LeBron James-themed plate could soon add to that group.
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