Congressman Gillmor found dead in apartment
Ohio Congressman Paul Gillmor was found dead in his apartment by members of his staff on Wednesday, according to Republican party officials who spoke to the Associated Press.
The A.P. reports, "The body of the 68-year-old congressman was found by staff members who went to his apartment Wednesday after he failed to show up for work, according to a Republican aide who spoke on condition of anonymity pending an official announcement."
"There was no immediate word on the cause of his death," the AP article continues. "Gillmor's office did not respond to a reporter's call."
Sources told The Hill that a heart attack may be the cause of death.
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Excerpts from AP article:
Gillmor, who represented Ohio's heavily Republican 5th District in the Bowling Green area, was first elected to Congress in 1988.
He served as a Vietnam War-era 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 he was a little-known but solid Republican vote, a reliable conservative on social issues, and a strong proponent of the military.
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.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, and five children.
FULL AP ARTICLE HERE