Marigene Valiquette

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Marigene Valiquette
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 11th district
In office
January 14, 1969-December 31, 1986
Preceded byFrank W. King
Succeeded byLinda J. Furney
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 79th district
In office
January 3, 1963-January 14, 1969
Preceded byNone (First)
Succeeded byArthur Wilkowski
Personal details
Born1924 (age 94–95)
Political partyDemocratic

Marigene Gertrude Valiquette (born 1924) is a former member of the Ohio General Assembly.[1] She served 24 consecutive years in the state legislature, first as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, beginning in 1963, and subsequently as a member of the Ohio State Senate, from 1969 until 1986.[2]

For most of her 18 years as a state senator Valiquette was the only female senator in office.[1][2] She became chair of the Judiciary Committee in 1971; later she chaired the Ethics Committee.[2] During a period in the 1980s when the Democratic Party was in the majority, she was a ranking member on both the Finance and the Rules Committee.[2]

In the early 1970s, as a state senator, Valiquette advocated strongly for Ohio's passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA),[2][3] the proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that aimed to guarantee equal rights for women; in February 1974 Ohio became the 33rd state to ratify the ERA.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Ohio Women's Hall of Fame Bio: Marigene Valiquette." Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Retrieved 2016-07-03.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ladies' Gallery – Legislators: Marigene Valiquette." Ohio Statehouse. Retrieved 2016-07-03.
  3. ^ a b "Equal Rights Amendment Gains Ohio Ratification: Senate Votes 20-12 For Measure, Making State 33rd to Approve" (February 7, 1974). The Blade (Toledo, OH). p. 1. "Senator Valiquette, who shepherded the ERA issue through the long series of hearings of both houses of the General Assembly, was elated that the long campaign finally was over." Retrieved via Google News 2016-07-03.