Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike will be the guest of U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-Canandaigua, for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Members of Congress are allowed to bring one guest to the annual event in the House of Representatives.
In a statement, Tenney praised Spike as “an exemplary law enforcement officer and dedicated public servant.” She added that House Republicans are committed to supporting law enforcement officers who risk their lives daily to protect the public.
Spike has been a member of the Yates County Sheriff’s Office for 52 years. He graduated from Monroe Community College and started as a deputy sheriff in 1970. He was promoted to chief deputy sheriff in 1982 and became county sheriff in 1991. Spike has received numerous awards and recognition for his service, including the New York State Sheriffs’ Association’s deputy sheriff of the year award in 1981.
Spike also served as president of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association in 2000 and is a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association’s executive board. He chairs the New York Municipal Police Training Council and has participated in various training courses, including the FBI National Academy and the National Sheriffs’ Institute.
Spike said he is honored to attend the State of the Union address with Tenney and to represent Yates County and all of New York’s law enforcement community. Tenney represents the 24th Congressional District, which includes parts of 12 counties in western New York and the Finger Lakes and North Country regions. The district includes Yates and Cayuga counties.
The State of the Union address is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
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