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August 26, 2013

Kathleen Sebelius’ father, former Ohio Gov. John Gilligan, dies

Gilligan, 92, also served in Congress. As governor, he won creation of the state income tax in Ohio.

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

His death Monday was confirmed by his caregiver, Frank Kennedy.

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

Gilligan, a teacher, became Ohio’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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