CLEVELAND-- The late Senator George Voinovich was remembered at a special ceremony in Cleveland today, where he was Lying in State.
The 79-year-old former Cleveland mayor, Ohio governor and U.S. senator, passed away on Sunday at his Collinwood home.
Ohio Governor John Kasich, Senator Rob Portman and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine were among the speakers.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson also spoke and said, “Mayor, Governor, or Senator Voinovich as we called him locally, George V. Voinovich was a real Clevelander, an accomplished politician, and a great manSenator Voinovich lived in the same neighborhood that he was born in,Collinwood, and was always connected to his Serbian and Slovenian Heritage.
He never forgot his roots, nor did he forget where he came from as he served the people of Cleveland on the local, state, and federal levels as a legislator and administrator. Senator Voinovich demonstrated that being a politician was an honorable profession and he was. He accomplished so much in his lifetime, but when I think of him-I see a man who loved the City of Cleveland and its people.
Cleveland will miss our Mayor, Governor, Senator Voinovich. Our Clevelander. And so will I.
Voinovich will be laid to rest on Friday. Burial services are for family and close friends. The community is welcome to line the streets to pay respects and honor Voinovich as the funeral procession passes. Click here for more information.