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Former Ohio Governor John Gilligan Dies At Age 92
CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKRC-TV) Former Ohio Governor John Gilligan died Monday at his home in Cincinnati following a long illness at the age of 92.
Local 12 news reporter Paula Toti spoke with many fellow democrats who had high praise for Gilligan who was a one time Governor but life long public servant.
A young John Gilligan taught at Xavier University after WW11. Eventually he became a congressman and six term Cincinnati city councilman.
Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes remembers when Gilligan ran for council and was the only democrat elected. Rhodes says he is very sad to hear of his passing. In 1970 Gilligan was elected Governor following a republican scandal.
Upon his relection bid, he was defeated by fewer than twelve thousand votes. Former Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken says Gilligan went to bed thinking he had won. In fact Governor Rhodes had conceded. However in the morning there was a change when all the votes had been counted.
Gilligan was remembered by many who called him kind hearted. Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory says he always put the interest of the state of Ohio up front.
Gilligan was known as a man who had compassion and worked to make life better for the mentally disabled. It was striking to many that he made a run at Cincinnati school board, and won, thirty years after he left the Governor's office.
He is survived by his family which includes his daughter Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Governor of Kansas.
Funeral arrangements haven't been announced and flags will fly at half staff until after the funeral.