CINCINNATI (AP) – Former Ohio Gov. and U.S. Rep. John J. Gilligan, a liberal Democrat who won creation of the state income tax, has died. He was 92.
His death Monday was confirmed by caregiver Frank Kennedy.
Gilligan’s daughter is Kathleen Sebelius, a former Kansas governor and current Health and Human Services secretary under President Barack Obama.
Gilligan became the Ohio’s 62nd governor in 1970, a year in which Republicans suffered from a loan scandal in the state treasurer’s office.
The former teacher 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.