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Former Ohio Governor John J. Gilligan dies

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Family and friends are remembering former Ohio Governor John J. Gilligan.

The liberal democrat only was the state's 62nd Governor.

He only served one term after creating the state income tax.  He was born in Cincinnati and served in the Navy in World War II.

He passed away today at age 92.  


Jack Gilligan lived his life in service to his fellow Americans, especially those in his home state of Ohio and across the United States who were left out or left behind. During World War II, he earned a Silver Star for his bravery at Okinawa, and he never stopped serving his country—as a Congressman, where he helped enact historic legislation from the Voting Rights Act to Medicare and Medicaid, and then as governor of Ohio.

In addition to his many other accomplishments, Jack was the father of four extraordinary children, including our Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. Kathleen followed in the high tradition of public service that Jack set, and they became the first father-daughter team of governors in American history. She always made her father proud, and I'm proud to have her on my team each and every day. Michelle and I extend our deepest condolences to Kathleen, the entire Gilligan family, and their many friends.



With the sad news of the passing of former Gov. John J. Gilligan, Cuyahoga County Executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald offered his condolences to the family and issued the following statement:

"Gov. John Gilligan was a dedicated public servant who never stopped giving back to the state he loved. When he was 78 years old, a quarter century after he left the governor's office, Gov. Gilligan was elected to the Board of Education of Cincinnati City Schools where he served for eight years. Gov. Gilligan was also a dedicated father and family man whose children and grandchildren follow his path today and continue his legacy of service."

Statement on Passing of Former Governor John J. Gilligan

Today, John Joyce Gilligan, Ohio's 62nd Governor, passed at his Cincinnati home following a long illness. Former Governor Gilligan's death was announced in a statement from his family.

In response to the news, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

"Former Governor Gilligan had the courage to stand up for all Ohioans, including the mentally handicapped and disadvantaged, at a deep cost to his own future. Ohio is a better place because of John Gilligan's selfless commitment to our state, and we all owe him a debt of thanks."

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