Senate staffer restarts iconic Ohio clock

The Senate’s historic Ohio Clock was restarted at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday after being idled by the 16-day government shutdown.

Senate Museum Specialist Richard Doerner, clad in a protective blue coat and white gloves, climbed a ladder and wound the clock and restarted its pendulum, which is hidden behind a carved United States shield.

The clock had stopped at 12:14 p.m. on Oct. 9 because Doerner and other staff from the Senate Curator’s office had been furloughed by the shutdown.

“It is wound every Monday,” Doerner said.

The Ohio Clock, which has presided over countless Senate leadership press conferences, had last been wound on Sept. 30, just before the shutdown began.

The clock ticked throughout some of the most famous moments in Senate history, and was commissioned by the upper chamber in 1815.

It did stop in August 2010, when it underwent refurbishment.