George Voinovich, American politician, Died at 79

George Victor Voinovich was born in July 15, 1936, and died on June 12, 2016.

He was an American politician from the state of Ohio and born in Cleveland.

George Voinovich a member of the Republican Party, served as a United States Senator from 1999 to 2011, as the 65th Governor of Ohio from 1991 to 1998 and as the 54th Mayor of Cleveland from 1980 to 1989, becoming the last Republican to serve in that office.

George Voinovich spent more than 46 years in public service – first as assistant attorney general of Ohio in 1963, and ultimately served as the senior United States Senator representing Ohio.

The politician the 15th person to have served both as the governor of Ohio and as a U.S. senator and one of only two people to have been the mayor of Cleveland, governor of Ohio and a United States Senator; the other was Frank Lausche, who like Voinovich was of Slovenian descent.

Senator Voinovich the only person to have served as both chairman of the National Governors Association and president of the National League of Cities.

During his 2004 re-election to the U.S. Senate, Voinovich garnered more than 3.4 million votes, nearly 64 percent.

There has been no other candidate in Ohio’s recorded history has received as many votes as Senator Voinovich did in 2004.

In 1962, he married his wife, Janet (née Allan), the couple had four children.

Some time in June 2003, his doctors implanted a pacemaker into his heart due his heart rate having slowed down over several years due to progressive sinus bradycardia.

He died in his sleep in Cleveland, Ohio.

George Voinovich passed away at 79 yrs old.