George Victor Voinovich (July 15, 1936 – June 12, 2016) was an
American politician from the state of
Ohio and born in Cleveland.
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.
Voinovich spent more than 46 years in public service – first as
assistant attorney general of
Ohio in 1963, and finally as the senior
United States Senator representing Ohio. He is 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. He is the only person to have
served as both chairman of the
National Governors Association
National Governors Association and
president of the National League of Cities.
In his 2004 re-election to the U.S. Senate, Voinovich garnered more
than 3.4 million votes, nearly 64 percent.
1 Early life
2 Early career
3 Mayor of Cleveland, 1980–1989
Cleveland mayoral election
3.2 "The Comeback City"
3.3 Downtown development and other improvements
3.4 Municipal Light
3.5 1988 Senate race
4.1 Second term
4.2 Beyond the governor's office
5 Senate career
5.2 Fiscal responsibility
5.3 National security
5.5 American competitiveness
5.6 Improving government
5.7 Energy independence
5.8 Great Lakes
5.9 2010 campaign
5.11 Committee assignments
6 Later years
7 Personal life
8 Electoral history
9 See also
11 External links
Voinovich was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Josephine (Bernot)
and George S. Voinovich. He was the oldest of six children.
His father was of Serbian descent (from Kordun), and his mother
was of Slovenian ancestry.
Voinovich grew up in the
Collinwood neighborhood of
Collinwood High School in 1954. Voinovich was raised
Catholic and was a lifelong member of his neighborhood parish, Our
Lady of the Lake in Euclid (formerly Holy Cross). He earned a
Bachelor of Arts degree in government from
Ohio University in 1958
where he served as President of the Student Body and the Men's
Dormitory System. Voinovich received a law degree in 1961 from the
Moritz College of Law
Moritz College of Law at the
Ohio State University. He was also a part
of the fraternity
Phi Kappa Tau
Phi Kappa Tau at
Voinovich began his political career in 1963 as an Assistant Attorney
General of Ohio. He then served as a member of the
Ohio House of
Representatives from 1967 until 1971. From 1971 until 1976, he served
as County Auditor of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. In 1971, he made an
unsuccessful run for the Republican nomination for Mayor of Cleveland
against Ralph J. Perk, who went on to win the general election. From
1977 to 1978, Voinovich served as a member of the Cuyahoga County
Board of Commissioners. In 1978, Voinovich was elected Lieutenant
Ohio on the ticket with James A. Rhodes (the first
Ohio lieutenant governor not to be elected separately from the
Mayor of Cleveland, 1980–1989
Cleveland mayoral election
By 1979, elections in
Cleveland had become nonpartisan, and with
Dennis J. Kucinich
Dennis J. Kucinich (D) about to enter a tough re-election
campaign, Voinovich began to consider running for mayor again.
Finally, on July 26, he made "one of the most difficult decisions in
[his] life". He held his office as lieutenant governor until he won
Aside from Kucinich, Voinovich's other opponents included State
Senator Charles Butts and city council majority leader Basil Russo. As
the election drew closer,
The Plain Dealer
The Plain Dealer announced its endorsement
of Voinovich. Voter turnout in the primary was greater than that of
the 1977 race among Perk, Kucinich and Edward F. Feighan. In the 1979
nonpartisan primary election, Voinovich led with 47,000 votes to
36,000 for Kucinich. Russo (who obtained 21,000) and Butts (with
19,000) did not qualify for the general election. The biggest surprise
was Voinovich's showing in predominantly
African American wards, where
he was expected to finish last. He trailed only Butts, with Kucinich
On October 8, 1979, a few days after the primary, Voinovich's
nine-year-old daughter Molly was struck by a van and killed. The event
brought the Voinovich campaign to a virtual halt and made it difficult
for Kucinich to attack his opponent. Still, he challenged Voinovich to
a series of debates to be held in various
Voinovich declined the invitations, saying they would be unproductive,
although they eventually did meet in a debate on November 3 at the
City Club. Voinovich went on to win the election with 94,541 votes to
Voinovich went on to be re-elected twice by landslides. In 1981 he
defeated former State Representative Patrick Sweeney, 107,472 to
32,940, to win Cleveland's first four-year mayoral term. In 1985 he
defeated former councilman Gary Kucinich (brother of Dennis Kucinich),
82,840 to 32,185.
"The Comeback City"
Voinovich was considered shy and a rather low-key politician, a
description he adopted himself. Once elected, he met with then Ohio
Governor James Rhodes, to solicit the state government's help in
clearing up the city's debts. Voinovich negotiated a debt repayment
schedule and in October 1980, with the state serving as guarantor,
eight local banks lent
Cleveland $36.2 million, allowing the city to
emerge from default. Despite this, the city's economy continued to
decline and federal funding was cut. Two weeks earlier, voters turned
down another 0.5 percent income tax increase. The opposition was led
by Kucinich, who had been keeping a low profile since his defeat in
the 1979 election. Voinovich said he would resubmit the tax issue on
the February ballot to avoid facing a deficit in 1981. This time the
voters approved the tax increase.
By the time Voinovich was elected,
Cleveland was the butt of late
night comedians' jokes, where the river and mayor's hair burned,
and the only major American city to go bankrupt. When
Kevin White remarked that the city's finances had gone from "Camelot
to Cleveland", Voinovich protested. White responded by saying that
Boston had survived facetious remarks from a wide range of jokesters,
Mark Twain to Johnny Carson. "I am sure
Cleveland will also," he
Voinovich took an aggressive approach. He reversed a defensive
attitude projected by the
Cleveland media, going to "war ... to save
one of this country's greatest cities". Others soon jumped on
board. For instance, The Smythe-Cramer Co., a local realty firm, tried
to restore the city's former glory by running a series of ads with
photographs of downtown
Cleveland captioned "Take Another Look. It's
Cleveland!" In May 1981,
The Plain Dealer
The Plain Dealer sent its Sunday subscribers
bumper stickers saying, "New York's the Big Apple, but Cleveland's a
Plum." The paper also passed out thousands of "Cleveland's a Plum"
buttons and also ran a huge picture of Publisher Thomas Vail, with a
smiling Voinovich beside him, throwing out the first plum at a
Yankees-Indians game. Sportscaster
Howard Cosell hailed the city
during a baseball game and Voinovich subsequently presented him with a
key to the city. A survey showed 65 percent of the residents of
Cleveland were very satisfied with their life in the city and
even 57 percent claimed to be very satisfied, even in 1978, the year
of default. Also, a national poll rated Detroit as the city with the
worst image, with
New York City
New York City second.
Cleveland Campaign, a promotion agency formed in 1978, began
sending out news releases bragging about Cleveland's virtues and
proudly circulating reprints whenever it got a favorable story.
Unfortunately, to show how much the "new"
Cleveland had improved, it
had to highlight how bad the old
Cleveland was. In particular, it
stressed the city's 1978 default of $15.5 million short-term loans
from local banks, even though
New York City
New York City owed nearly 150 times
as much when it received a $2.3 billion federal bailout to avoid
bankruptcy in 1975.
The restoration campaign reached its peak in October with the society
magazine Town and Country. "Cleveland's Come-Around" explained how
"businessmen, lawyers and concerned citizens" rescued the city from
"the petulant, pugnacious Dennis Kucinich". It called Voinovich's
Operation Improvement Task Force under E. Mandell de Windt "the most
significant undertaking in
Moses Cleaveland stepped
ashore on the bank of the
Cuyahoga River in 1786". It also enticed its
Lake Erie and its "beautiful and exciting year-round
So confident was Voinovich, that during election season, he even
attracted presidential candidates
Jimmy Carter and
Ronald Reagan to
debate in Cleveland. "
Cleveland is making a comeback," Time declared
at the close of 1980, "During the past year, convention business has
flourished, school desegregation has proceeded peacefully, and a
modest construction boom has begun.... Most impressive of all, the
city dug itself out of default."
Downtown development and other improvements
In order to accomplish more, Voinovich felt that the terms for mayor
Cleveland City Council ought to be extended. He offered a
referendum to voters to extend them from two to four years and
additionally asked voters to approve cutting down the number of
council members from 33 to 21 in order to help ease the city's
strained economy. They approved both requests.
Throughout the Voinovich years, neighborhoods began to see some
improvement starting with the Lexington Village housing project, $149
million in Urban Development Action Grants, and $3 billion of
construction underway or completed. In particular, the neighborhoods
of Hough and Fairfax, then two of Cleveland's worst east side
neighborhoods, began to see new houses built and lesser amount of
criminal activity. Voinovich also quietly moved to reconcile the
warring groups of the 1970s. He made peace with business leaders and
even posed with them in photographs that ran in New
ads in business magazines, captioned with the Voinovich slogan:
"Together, we can do it." He refined the neighborhood groups, which,
with the breakdown of the Democratic Party, became the most potent
political force in the city. He also extended his hand to unions as
well, in particular the
Teamsters truck union.
As mayor, Voinovich was a member of the
National League of Cities
National League of Cities and
was elected President in 1985. Voinovich also oversaw a huge scale
urban renaissance downtown.
Sohio (purchased by BP America in 1987),
Ohio Bell, and
Eaton Corporation all built new offices downtown (most
notably the BP Building). Brothers Richard and David Jacobs astonished
the city by rescuing its troubled Indians franchise, ultimately
turning it around for the better. The two also improved the desolate
area located by the
Erieview Tower and turned it into the glass-roofed
Galleria at Erieview. Voinovich also enticed Society Bank to build the
Society Center, the largest skyscraper in
Cleveland and the 15th
largest in the nation (since renamed Key Tower). In addition, the
National Civic League
National Civic League awarded
Cleveland the All-America City Award
three times in five years (1982, 1984, 1986), in addition to its
first, won in 1950.
One of the key issues surrounding the previous Kucinich administration
was canceling the sale of
Cleveland Municipal Light (today Cleveland
Public Power). Kucinich's insistence on saving it from being absorbed
Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company (CEI) led the
business community to force
Cleveland into default. Voinovich's
successful negotiations reversed this action when he first assumed
office as mayor. However, Voinovich's pro-business attitude did not
change CEI's position on the issue, as they persisted in making
efforts to buy out Muni Light and pressuring Voinovich into giving
them the right to do so. Voinovich resisted. Early in his tenure, he
arranged for capital improvements to strengthen the operation of Muni
Light and by 1982, it was able to compete with CEI. He asserted that
the company was making attempts to cripple Muni Light by lobbying
council against much-needed legislation. "We still have a battle going
on," Voinovich said, "They [CEI] are as dedicated as ever to laying
away the Municipal Light system."
The rebuilding process began through Voinovich's administration and
improvements were made throughout the company including equipment
upgrades and increased wages for all employees. To properly reflect
all of the positive change in the company Municipal Light officially
changed its name to
Cleveland Public Power (CPP) in 1983. In 1984, the
company received the Scattergood Award from the American Municipal
Power Association for outstanding system operation and
1988 Senate race
In 1988, Voinovich ran for the Senate seat of Howard Metzenbaum, in
what was a hard-fought and negative campaign. Voinovich accused
Metzenbaum of being soft on child pornography, charges that were
roundly criticized by many, including
John Glenn who recorded a
statement for television refuting Voinovich's charges. Metzenbaum won
the election by 57% to 43%, even as George H. W. Bush carried the
state by 11 percent.
Voinovich as Governor
In 1990, Voinovich was nominated by the Republicans to replace
Governor Richard F. Celeste, a Democrat who was barred from running
for a third consecutive term. Voinovich went to defeat his opponent
Anthony J. Celebrezze, Jr. 
During his first four years he pulled
Ohio out of a $1.5 billion
deficit and was a led efforts toward welfare reform and eliminating
unfunded mandates. In 1991 Voinovich served as the Chairman of the
Midwestern Governors Association. In 1994, Voinovich was re-elected to
the governorship, defeating Democrat
Robert L. Burch Jr. with 72% of
the vote, the largest percentage of the vote of any governor up for
election that year and the largest margin of victory for any Ohio
governor in the 20th century. During his second term, Voinovich
appointed Nancy Hollister, the state's first female lieutenant
governor, and Cincinnati mayor Kenneth Blackwell, the state treasurer
who became the first African-American to hold state office in
Voinovich's tenure as governor saw Ohio's unemployment rate fall to a
25-year low. In addition, the state created more than 500,000 new
Medicaid growth rate had been cut by more than two-thirds,
and enrollment in welfare had been cut in half. Under Voinovich,
Ohio was ranked #1 in the nation by Site Selection Magazine for new
and expanding business facilities.
Voinovich's second term was quite productive and in 1995 he was named
Public Official of the Year by the National Journal. He is credited
with leading efforts to create a public voucher plan which used public
funds to pay tuition at church affiliated schools. After significant
litigation over the voucher program, the US Supreme Court ruled in a
5–4 decision that the program did not violate the constitutional
prohibition against promoting religion in public schools. By the end
of his second term,
Ohio led the nation in percentage of eligible
children participating in the Head Start Program.
When the state legislature wanted to close Central State University,
Ohio's only historically black state supported college, Voinovich
stepped in by appointing a new board and convincing John Garland to
become president.
As both mayor and governor, Voinovich helped to advertise
the true birthplace of rock and roll. Beginning in 1985 Voinovich, the
Cleveland and the State of
Ohio began lobbying for the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to be built in Cleveland. The Rock
Hall eventually opened in 1995. As a nod to his efforts, the main
atrium of the Rock Hall was renamed the George V. Voinovich
Beyond the governor's office
In 1996, Voinovich was the first governor to endorse U.S. Senator
Robert J. Dole's bid for the Republican Presidential nomination.
Later, Voinovich was among nine candidates asked to submit to
background checks as potential vice presidential running mates with
Dole.(subscription required) However, Voinovich withdrew his name
from consideration, reiterating his desire to run for the U.S. Senate
In 1998, barred from running for a third term as governor due to term
limits, Voinovich ran for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by
long-time incumbent Democrat John Glenn, eventually defeating Democrat
Mary O. Boyle. Voinovich was briefly succeeded by
Nancy Hollister upon
his resignation as governor and before he entered the Senate.
Hollister was succeeded by the newly elected
Bob Taft in January 1999.
It was the first time a Republican governor in
Ohio had been succeeded
by another Republican governor since 1904. 
George W. Bush
George W. Bush at an
Ohio campaign rally, 2004
When Voinovich came to the Senate he was as prepared as anyone having
previously been; Mayor of Cleveland, President of the National League
of Cities, Governor and Chairman of the National Governors
Association. Making clear that he was not intended on becoming the
orchestra leader in the Senate but rather the 1st chair in a couple of
sections, Voinovich picked out several committees where he would make
his mark. Particularly in his first years in the Senate, Voinovich was
opposed to lowering tax rates. He frequently joined Democrats on tax
issues and in 2000 was the only Republican in Congress to vote against
a bill providing for relief from the "marriage penalty".[citation
In November 2004, in his bid for re-election, Voinovich defeated the
Ohio state senator and former U.S. Representative
Eric D. Fingerhut, in an unprecedented victory. With 64% Voinovich won
Ohio counties and won the largest amount of votes ever in a
U.S. Senate race in
Ohio – 3.5 million.
Voinovich gained national attention when he gave a speech tearfully
opposing the nomination of John R. Bolton, who was selected for U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations, at Bolton's hearing in front of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Voinovich remarked, "I don't feel
comfortable voting today on Mr. John Bolton." As a result, the
committee recessed without a vote and thus stalled the nomination.
Democrats refused to invoke cloture and end debate on the Bolton
nomination – the first time, Voinovich voted to end debate, the
second time, he joined Democrats in voting to extend debate and urged
Bush to choose another nominee. Voinovich later amended his views and
determined that Bolton did a "good job" as U.N. Ambassador, praising
him by saying "I spend a lot of time with John on the phone. I think
he is really working very constructively to move forward."
An earlier photo of Voinovich
In January 2007, Voinovich expressed concern to Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice that the President's plan to increase troop levels in
Iraq would not be effective. Voinovich did not share President George
W. Bush's optimism. "At this stage of the game, I don't think it's
going to happen." As a moderate Republican, Voinovich was viewed as
one of few that could potentially influence the President. Five months
later, Voinovich requested to Bush in a five-page letter that the U.S.
begin pulling troops from
Iraq and asking that the Iraqis start taking
care of their own territory, calling for a "comprehensive plan for our
country's gradual military disengagement from Iraq".
On April 7, 2008, Voinovich departed from Republican party platform
and stated at a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
regarding the war in Iraq: "We've kind of bankrupted this country"
through war spending. "We're in a recession ... and God knows how long
it's going to last."
Michigan became the eighth state to accede to the Great Lakes
Compact on July 9, 2008, Voinovich was one of the leading legislators
in supporting the interstate compact's passage in Congress.
On January 20, 2009, Voinovich was appointed to the powerful
Appropriations Committee. His appointment marked the first time an
Ohioan served on the coveted Senate committee following Mike DeWine
having lost his 2006 re-election bid. In accepting the
appointment, Voinovich relinquished his seat on the Foreign Relations
On July 22, 2009, Voinovich opposed a measure that would have allowed
people to cross state lines with concealed weapons.
During part of his tenure in the Senate (June 25, 2007 through January
3, 2009), Voinovich sat at what is traditionally known as the 'candy
Voinovich voted in favor of the Matthew Shepard Act.
On December 18, 2010, Voinovich voted in favor of the Don't Ask, Don't
Tell Repeal Act of 2010.
As the Senate's leading debt-hawk, Voinovich introduced the Securing
America's Future Economy (SAFE) Commission Act in every Congress in
which he served in beginning in 2006. The measure proposed the
establishment of a national commission to examine the nation's tax and
entitlement systems and present long-term solutions to place the
United States on a fiscally sustainable course and ensure the solvency
of entitlement programs for future generations. In January 2010,
Voinovich met with
President Obama to relay the urgency of the
nation's fiscal crisis. Four days later, Obama publicly endorsed the
Conrad-Gregg statutory debt commission, which was modeled after
Voinovich's SAFE Commission. Obama announced during his 2010 State of
the Union address that he would create the debt commission by
executive order because it had failed to pass the Senate.
Called "the Senate's leading
Balkan expert" and a "leader in the
fight against anti-Semitism and hate crime against all groups,"
Voinovich was a key voice on the Foreign Relations Committee about the
OSCE and the relationship between the United States and countries in
Eastern Europe in particular.
He played a leadership role in strengthening and enlarging the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and was the only member of
Congress in the room at the 2002 NATO summit in Prague where
membership was formally extended to Latvia, Bulgaria, Estonia,
Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Voinovich was an active
participant in the annual Brussels Forum from its inception in 2007,
and served as chairman of the U.S. congressional delegation to the
conference in 2010.
As senator and a prominent member of its Foreign Relations Committee,
Voinovich consistently supported measures to strengthen Israeli
security while promoting
Middle East peace efforts. In addition,
Voinovich devoted himself to combating anti-Semitism, especially
through involvement in the Organization of Security and Cooperation in
Europe and its Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
Voinovich authored the National Infrastructure Improvement Act, which
established a commission that would provide concrete recommendations
for current and future infrastructure needs.
He was the main sponsor of five-year reauthorizations of the
Appalachian Regional Commission
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in 2002 and 2008, which fostered
economic development in the 13 Appalachian states and in Ohio's 29
The Herald Star noted that "He considers the impact of his
votes...choosing carefully without regard for what the political
impact might be on him personally" ("Voinovich setting good example"
from July 26, 2007).
Government Executive praised him saying, "no
matter what anyone thinks of
George Voinovich or Daniel Akaka's
politics in general, no one can deny that they know their federal
employee issues cold."
Voinovich long championed the need for a 'Second Declaration of
Independence' – referring to the nation's energy situation. He was
long been a voice for clean air legislation, ("Voinovich has idea on
clearing the air", The Dayton Daily News, April 30, 2002) and argued
for nuclear-energy development because it "provides a dependable,
continuous stream of electricity, supports thousands of jobs, and does
not emit any greenhouse gases". ("Depoliticizing decisions", The
Columbus Dispatch, June 12, 2010) He served as the Chairman and
ranking member of the EPW Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee,
introducing legislation that helped to pave the way for applications
for new nuclear power plants in the U.S.
Voinovich sponsored legislation aimed to protect the Great Lakes from
foreign species and preserve "our ultimate jewels, the five Great
Lakes". He lobbied his colleagues in the Senate as well as Great Lakes
governors and administration officials to take real action. Working
with Senator Carl Levin, legislation was introduced to ratify the
Great Lakes Compact, a bipartisan agreement among the Great Lakes
states to protect the Great Lakes through better water management,
conservation, and public involvement.
In a press conference in January 2009, Voinovich announced he would
not be seeking a third term. He stated that, "I must devote my full
time, energy and focus to the job I was elected to do, the job in
front of me, which seeking a third term – with the money-raising and
campaigning that it would require – would not allow me to do."
Voinovich also stated after 44 years in public office it was time to
relax and spend time with his wife Janet and his family. Pundits
indicated that he would have been successful had he decided to run
against the Democratic nominee Lee Fisher.
After Voinovich announced that he would retire from the Senate in
The Columbus Dispatch
The Columbus Dispatch wrote, "After decades in an arena that has
sullied so many, Voinovich's personal integrity remains unquestioned.
He has never been afraid to work across the aisle, and has never
forgotten that tax money comes from the wallets of hard-working
Senate Select Committee on Ethics (Chairman)
Committee on Appropriations
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
Subcommittee on Homeland Security (Ranking Member)
Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and
United States Senate
United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety (Chairman & Ranking
Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy
Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Ranking Member)
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management,
and International Security
Subcommittee on Oversight of
Government Management, the Federal
Workforce and the District of Columbia (Chairman & Ranking Member)
Ad Hoc Subcommittee on State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness
After retiring in January 2011, Voinovich was named a Senior Fellow at
Cleveland State University at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of
Urban Affairs, and
Ohio Visiting Professor of Leadership and Public
Affairs at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public
Ohio University. In 1998,
Ohio University renamed the
Institute of Local
Government and Rural Development to the Voinovich
Center for Leadership and Public Affairs and in 2007 the
Ohio Board of
Regents voted to rename the center to a school. Since being honored in
1998, Voinovich had remained committed to the success of the
For the United States presidential election in 2016, Voinovich
Ohio Republican John Kasich, the state's current
governor. On June 10, 2016, Voinovich delivered public remarks at
the 25th Slovenian Independence Day event at
Cleveland City Hall. He
was to be a delegate to the July 2016 Republican National Convention
Voinovich Bicentennial Park in Cleveland's
North Coast Harbor
North Coast Harbor district
(shown during a 2009 concert)
Voinovich has been honored several times in his hometown of Cleveland
by having prominent landmarks named after him, including Voinovich
Bicentennial Park in the city's
North Coast Harbor
North Coast Harbor district, and the
George V. Voinovich Bridges
George V. Voinovich Bridges spanning downtown Cleveland.
Plaques at the Voinovich Livestock Center noting the Farm Bureau
Memorial Tree and the "Spountain" sculpture.
The Voinovich Livestock Center at the
Ohio Expo Center and State Fair
in Columbus, Ohio, is named in honor of Voinovich. The lawn in front
of the center is the site of a sculpture called "Spountain", by Barry
Gunderson . It is also the site of the Farm Bureau Memorial tree,
which was planted in soil from all 88
Ohio counties in 1976 during the
Ohio Farm Bureau Bicentennial.
Voinovich married his wife, Janet (née Allan), in 1962. They had
four children: George, Betsy, Peter, and Molly, as well as nine
grandchildren. Molly, their youngest child, was killed at age 9 after
being struck by a van as she walked home from school.
In June 2003, doctors implanted a pacemaker into Voinovich's heart due
to his heart rate having slowed down over several years due to
progressive sinus bradycardia.
Voinovich died in his sleep in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 12, 2016, at
the age of 79.
Mayor of Cleveland: Results 1979–1985 U.S. Senate elections in Ohio:
Results 1988, 1998–2004
Governor of Ohio: Results 1990–1994
Dennis J. Kucinich
Gary J. Kucinich
Anthony J. Celebrezze
Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr.
Robert L. Burch
Eric D. Fingerhut
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1988, write-ins received 151
votes. In 1990, David Marshall received 82 votes and James E. Attia
received 49 votes. In 1994, Keith Hatton received 48 votes and Michael
Italie received 24 votes. In 1998, write-ins received 210 votes. In
2004, Helen Meyers received 296 votes.
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