Politicians Support Their Home State Olympic Heroes


Ohio politicians can barely contain their excitement tweeting about how Ohio native Kayla Harrison made Olympic history today, winning the first gold medal for an American judo athlete. Harrison, 22, who is originally from Middletown, Ohio, beat crowd favorite Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain, receiving congratulations and praises from her hometown politicians through social media.

Speaker of the House John Boehner tweeted his support:

"A big congratulations to @Judo_Kayla from Middletown, OH - first American to win gold in judo in Olympic history! #TeamUSA"

That was followed by a twitter pic of the Speaker watching Harrison compete. Ohio Rep. Michael Turner also tweeted his support for his home-state athlete.

"Congratulations, Kayla Harrison from Middletown who advanced to the gold-medal match in woman's judo. http://t.co/uJEK62Iw #Olympics."

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Ohio pols are praising their Olympic stars on the social media front, and they are not the only ones proud of the athletes representing their states. Check out some other tweets from politicians keeping an eye out on the Olympic games:

Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy rooted for Trevor Barron, 19, a first-time Olympic athlete competing in the men's 20-K racewalk this Saturday:

Tim Murphy, R-Penna.: #PA18 rooting 4 #Olympic athlete @trevor_barron competing this Sat! Read his story in the @tribunereview http://t.co/DuCjIFy1 #Racewalk

California Rep. Jeff Denham congratulated his home state Olympian, Erin Carfaro, who was born and raised in Modesto. Carfaro is a member of the U.S. women's rowing team, which took home its second straight Olympic gold today.

Jeff Denham, R-Calif.: @ErinCarfaro and the U.S. women's rowing team on winning the gold this morning. Go USA! #olympics READ: http://t.co/JiPvDDvj

Rep. Mark Udall of Colorado also congratulated the U.S. women's rowing team on their victory, specifically mentioning Taylor Ritzel, a Colorado native.

Mark Udall, D-Colo.: Congrats to Colorado's @taritzel & the #US women's eight rowing team for bringing home the gold. #london2012

Texas Republican Bill Flores tweeted his praises to two-time Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer for breaking world and Olympic swimming records. Vollmer's hometown is Granbury, Texas.

Bill Flores, R-Texas: Congrats to @danavollmer for winning two gold medals & breaking world & Olympic swimming records at the Olympics! #TX17 #TeamUSA

Though she is not from his district, Rep. Todd Rokita rooted for Olympian Kayla Bashore-Smedley when the USA played Australia in field hockey.

Todd Rokita, R-Ind.: Root for IN Olympian Kayla Bashore-Smedley USA Field Hockey vs Australia! #INteamUSA - http://t.co/KYtLfT6H

Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards tweeted her sympathies for the two men's gymnastics finalists who had big fumbles on the pommel horse event in Wednesday's individual all-around.

Donna Edwards, D-Md.: My heart is going out for men's gymnasts #TeamUSA John Orozco & Danell Leyva - that darn horse!!

Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart praised male gymnast Danell Leyva, who is a Florida resident, for his Olympic performance.

Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.: Solid performance @danelljleyva and the US Men's Gymnastics Team so far! #London2012 #Olympics #TeamUSA

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