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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Represenatitive Gilmor found dead this morning

He leaves behind a wife and five kids. Our condolences go out to the grieving family. From the Ohio NBC affiliate:

Ohio Rep. Paul Gillmor was found dead in his apartment Wednesday, a Republican leadership aide said.

The aide said the body of the 68-year-old Republican was found by staff members who went to his apartment after he failed to show up for work. There was no immediate word on the cause of his death. Gillmor's office did not respond to a reporter's call.

Gillmor, who represented Ohio's 5th District in the Bowling Green area of the state, was first elected to Congress in 1988.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity pending an official announcement.
Gillmor, who served as a judge advocate in the Air Force after graduating law school, won a seat in the Ohio state senate in 1966, and served there for 22 years, rising to the senate presidency. After an unsuccessful run for governor in 1986, Gillmor was elected to the U.S. House in 1988 after eking out a 27-vote victory in the primary.

As a House member was a little-known but solid Republican vote, and a reliable conservative on social issues.

He led legislative efforts in such areas as cleanups of commercially contaminated sites known as brownfields and enacting financial service reforms.

He was also a strong advocate of a constitutional amendment to ban unfunded mandates on the states.

The Hill has more:

Capitol Police is currently investigating, but sources believe that the 10-term lawmaker may have had a heart attack.

In November, Gillmor won his district with 57 percent of the vote, holding on to his seat in a year that saw Democrats take over a GOP Senate seat and the governor’s mansion in Ohio.

A special election will be necessary to find someone to fill out the rest of the term. While Republicans are favored to retain the seat, such an election will likely be costly and an added burden to the GOP.

None of the moonbats are celebrating this one, as far as I've been able to dig up. The Kos-Kiddies haven't mentioned it, yet. The barking moonbats at DU have been civil. and have extended condolences. So no one on our side better be making generalizations about the Left on this one. As of this writing, no one's said one nasty or mean thing about Representative Gilmour's death. And yes, his district is a dark red one, so wresting it from the GOP column won't be easy for Democrats, but the Hill is right in noting this will be a battleground district in 2008.

Again, our condolences go out to the family. May he rest in peace.

Publius II

ADDENDUM: Representative Gilmour's family isn't the only ones with a loss today as K-Lo at The Corner notes:

Former congresswoman Jennifer Dunn, one of the state's most prominent Republican figures for more than two decades, has unexpectedly died, her family said today. She was 66.

Dunn died of a pulmonary embolism, her family said in a statement.

Dunn served six terms in the U.S. House, from 1993 to 2005. Prior to that, she served as chairwoman of the state Republican Party.

Her family's statement said she collapsed in her Alexandria, Va., apartment and never regained consciousness. She was surrounded by her family when she died.

Our condolences to the family.

Publius II


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