The news of the passing of Jim Traficant resulted in many area individuals and groups reflecting upon their personal knowledge of this well-known area personality with a unique history. I am among many area farmers and members of various agricultural organizations with a very positive reminder of his service to the citizens of the Mahoning Valley.
When he represented our region in the U.S. House of Representatives, his door was always open when local and state farmers visited the Capitol. On specific bills on the floor that related to agriculture, he often made phone calls to area farmers to discuss the possible effect upon their operations.
He listened to our concerns and was a strong proponent of legislative action to support those issues that enable us to successfully grow crops and raise animals. We appreciated that he not only listened to us, but delivered strong, passionate explanations to the other members of the House to present the message of his constituents.
How ironic that his life was cut short by an accident at his farm that he loved. He will live forever in the hearts of many of us with our fond memories of his bright smile, his friendly greetings when we visited his office, and his ability to deliver our messages when he served as our spokesman in his style that we will never forget.
He shared and honored our pride in the agricultural profession.
He has left a legacy.
Loran W. Brooks