Early years and political rise
Dick Celeste graduated in 1959 from Yale University with a grade of Magna Cum Laude. In 1961 he continued his studies at the University of Oxford in England continued. After his return to the U.S., he served as assistant to the American ambassador in India.
Celeste's actual political rise began in 1970 with his election to the House of Representatives from Ohio. Between 1975 and 1979 he was vice- governor of Ohio. Thereafter, he was appointed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter as the successor to Carolyn R. Payton director of the Peace Corps. This office he held from 1979 to 1981. In 1982 Celeste was elected governor of Ohio.
Governor of Ohio
Celeste took up his new post on 10 January 1983. After a re-election in 1986, he could remain in office until January 14, 1991. His tenure was not without criticism of his policies and his government. The Office for the compensation of occupational accidents ( Workers Compensation Office ) became increasingly inefficient and unorganized. Thus settlement of many claims became increasingly difficult. Investigations in the management of government led to the uncovering of some criminal activity. Of these, the governor was not personally affected, but it hurt his reputation.
After the end of his tenure, he founded the consulting company "Celeste & Sabety Ltd.. " In Columbus. From 1997 to 2001 Celeste was the successor of Frank Wisner U.S. ambassador to India. In 2002, he became president of Colorado College. He is also on the Council on Foreign Relations. Celeste was married in first marriage to Dagmar Braun Celeste, with whom he has six children, his second wife he has another child.