The Commercial Appeal

Former governor, senator dies at 79

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Former U.S. senator and two-term Ohio Gov. George Voinovich has died at home in Cleveland. He was 79.

His wife Janet said Voinovich died peacefully in his sleep early Sunday.

Voinovich preached frugality in his personal and public life and occasional­ly bucked the GOP establishm­ent. He opposed the size of former President George W. Bush’s tax cuts and later questioned Bush’s war strategy in Iraq.

Voinovich spent 12 years in the Senate, leaving in 2011. He previously served two terms as Ohio’s governor and a decade as mayor of Cleveland, which he helped pull out of default.

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