In response to the news, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:
“Former Governor Gilligan dedicated his entire life to the service of promoting our state, and all its citizens, until the very end of his days. Because of John Gilligan, the mentally and physically disabled, the poor, and the disadvantaged obtained a new quality of life in our state. But Gilligan’s courageous commitment to advancing Ohioans of all walks of life came at a tremendous professional cost.
“Gilligan and the men and women he inspired gave life to the modern Ohio Democratic Party. Even as recent as last year, he remained a constant force in our Party, working to support Senator Sherrod Brown and others that shared his ideals. He will be deeply missed, and Ohio is a better place because of John Gilligan’s selfless commitment to our state. We all owe him a debt of gratitude and thanks.”
REACTIONS TO GOVERNOR GILLIGAN’S DEATH
Senator Sherrod Brown (via twitter):
'Ohioans are lucky that John #Gilligan was born within our borders.' Gov 'fundamentally changed our state' for better
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (via twitter):
#Gilligan 'never stopped giving back to the state he loved.'
Democratic State Senate Leader Eric Kearney (via twitter)
Governor John Kasich (via twitter):
Saddened by the news of Gov. Gilligan's passing. My family's thoughts & prayers go out to his right now.
Democratic State House Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard (via email):
is with a heavy heart but much gratitude that we say farewell to one of
the greatest Ohioans of the 20th century. Former Gov. Gilligan
exemplified what it means to be an Ohioan. He had the political courage
to stand for what is right, even in the face insurmountable political
pressure. His legacy and spirit continue to guide our great state
whenever an elected official stands for better government and a stronger
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gilligan family during this difficult time, especially with his grandson, Joe-- who we are privileged to serve with in the Ohio House."
“Governor Gilligan served our state with passion and was a committed public servant. Ohioans of all political stripes are saddened by the news of his passing. I offer my deepest condolences to Secretary Sebelius and all of the members of the former governor's family."