President: John Gilligan Never Stopped Serving Country

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John Gilligan (in middle on couch) Photo courtesy: Ohio Democratic Party

COLUMBUS, Ohio– President Barack Obama is responding to the death of former Ohio Governor John Gilligan. The president released the following statement:

John Gilligan (in middle on couch) Photo courtesy: Ohio Democratic Party

John Gilligan (in middle on couch) Photo courtesy: Ohio Democratic Party

“Jack Gilligan lived his life in service to his fellow Americans, especially those in his home state of Ohio and across the United States who were left out or left behind. During World War II, he earned a Silver Star for his bravery at Okinawa, and he never stopped serving his country—as a Congressman, where he helped enact historic legislation from the Voting Rights Act to Medicare and Medicaid, and then as governor of Ohio.

In addition to his many other accomplishments, Jack was the father of four extraordinary children, including our Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. Kathleen followed in the high tradition of public service that Jack set, and they became the first father-daughter team of governors in American history. She always made her father proud, and I’m proud to have her on my team each and every day. Michelle and I extend our deepest condolences to Kathleen, the entire Gilligan family, and their many friends.”

Current Ohio Governor John Kasich said, “I was saddened to learn of the passing of Gov. Gilligan. He served with honor and distinction, and my family’s thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time.”

Gov. Kasich ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff immediately until the day of Gilligan’s funeral.

Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern also responding to Gilligan’s death:

“Former Governor Gilligan had the courage to stand up for all Ohioans, including the mentally handicapped and disadvantaged, at a deep cost to his own future. Ohio is a better place because of John Gilligan’s selfless commitment to our state, and we all owe him a debt of thanks.”

John Gilligan was 92 years old.