Former Ohio Gov., U.S. Senator and Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich dies

Former Ohio Gov., U.S. Senator and Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich dies

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Former Ohio Governor, U.S. Senator and Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich has died early Sunday morning.

Voinovich was 79.

Tweet from Ohio Senator Frank LaRose
We've lost a good man who dedicated his life to serving others. Prayers to Mrs Voinovich & family.  He'll be missed.

Tweet from Ohio Governor John Kasich
Ohio has lost a legendary leader. We are all better for George Voinovich's service. Join me in lifting up Janet & her family in prayer.

Earlier this year, Voinovich, a Republican, had been named to a bipartisan team of political veterans that will help the new president transition into the White House.

He served in the United States Senate from 1999 to 2011. 
He was 65th Governor of Ohio from 1991 to 1998.
He was the 54th Mayor of Cleveland from 1980 to 1989, becoming the last Republican to serve in that office.

Voinovich was the Cuyahoga County Auditor when he decided to run for mayor against Dennis Kucinich.

During the campaign his daughter Molly was struck and killed by a car while in a crosswalk going to school.

It prompted a major outpouring of support.

Voinovich was adept as mayor in "crossing the aisle" and getting republicans and democrats to find middle ground.

Since retiring in January 2011, Voinovich has been named a Senior Fellow at Cleveland State University, and Ohio Visiting Professor of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.

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