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Former Ohio gov., congressman dies

August 26, 2013 • National News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio Gov. and U.S. Rep. John J. Gilligan, a liberal Democrat whose creation of the state income tax was his most lasting accomplishment and also the undoing of his political career, died Monday. He was 92.
Gilligan’s death was confirmed by his caregiver, Frank Kennedy, who did not provide a cause of death.
Gilligan’s daughter Kathleen Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, in 2009 became Health and Human Services secretary under President Barack Obama.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered flags lowered to half-staff until the day of Gilligan’s funeral. Kasich, a Republican, said he was saddened to hear of Gilligan’s death.
“He served with honor and distinction,” Kasich said in a statement.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner offered his condolences to Sebelius and all members of Gilligan’s family.
“Governor Gilligan served our state with passion and was a committed public servant,” Boehner said in a statement. “Ohioans of all political stripes are saddened by the news of his passing.”
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