Ohio Statehouse Event Honoring Ex-Gov. Gilligan

Former Ohio Governor John J. Gilligan was honored at the Statehouse today. The Democrat died last week at his home in Cincinnati at the age of 92.(Photo: .)
Former Ohio Governor John J. Gilligan was honored at the Statehouse today. The Democrat died last week at his home in Cincinnati at the age of 92.(Photo: .)

State lawmakers, governors and officials are celebrating the life of former Ohio governor John J. Gilligan as a man committed to his state.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her three siblings planned to speak at the memorial service for their father.

Other speakers at Thursday’s program at the Ohio Statehouse include columnist Mark Shields and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Gilligan died at home on Aug. 26. The public memorial service in Columbus follows a mass and visitation in Cincinnati on Wednesday for the 92-year-old political leader and decorated World War II veteran.

The Democrat was Ohio governor from 1971 to 1975. He also served in the U.S. House, on Cincinnati city council, and the Cincinnati School Board.

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