Father Of Kathleen Sebelius, Former Ohio Gov. And US Rep John J. Gilligan Dies

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Gilligan, a teacher, became Ohio

John J. Gilligan in official photo taken while he served as the US Representative for the state of Ohio (courtesy United States Congress)

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Former Ohio Gov. and U.S. Rep. John J. Gilligan, a liberal Democrat who won creation of the state income tax, has died. He was 92.

His death Monday was confirmed by his caregiver Frank Kennedy.

Gilligan's daughter Kathleen Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, in 2009 became Health and Human Services secretary under President Barack Obama.

Gilligan, a teacher, became the state's 62nd governor in 1970, a year in which Republicans suffered from a loan scandal in the state treasurer's office.

He inherited a school funding problem in which 24 districts had closed for lack of operating money and more were expected to follow suit.

Gilligan persuaded legislators to enact the state's first corporate and personal income tax in 1971 to raise money for dealing with those and other government priorities.

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