CINCINNATI, Ohio (WTVN) -- Former Ohio Gov. John Gilligan died at his Cincinnati home following a long illness. He was 92.
Gilligan served one term at Ohio governor from 1971 to 1975.
During Gilligan's administration, Ohio adopted a graduated state income tax to overcome budget shortfalls.
Gilligan also saw the implementation of the state lottery during his time in office, although he opposed it. In 1973, the state legislature and the governor concurred to lower the voting age to eighteen years, and Gilligan also secured funding to improve Ohio's transportation infrastructure. The governor sought reelection in 1974, but he lost to former governor James Rhodes.
The Democrat served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1947.
Gilligan began his political career in 1953 when he won a seat on Cincinnati City Council. He served for a decade before winning election to Congress representing Ohio's 1st District. He lost re-election in 1967 and ran for U.S. Senate in 1968. He lost that race, but was elected governor in 1970.
Gilligan was the director of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1977 to 1979 and taught at several universities. In 1999 he was elected to the Cincinnati School Board.
Gilligan's daughter, Kathleen Sebelius is the current U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Before that she was the governor of Kansas. They are the only father and daughter to be elected as state governors.
(Photo courtesy the Ohio Historical Society)