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Paul Eugene Gillmor (February 1, 1939 – c. September 5, 2007) was an American politician of the Republican Party who served as the U.S. Representative from the 5th congressional district of Ohio from 1989 until his death in 2007.

Paul Gillmor
Paul Gillmor, official Congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1989 – September 5, 2007
Preceded byDel Latta
Succeeded byBob Latta
President of the Ohio Senate
In office
January 3, 1985 – December 31, 1988
Preceded byHarry Meshel
Succeeded byStanley Aronoff
In office
January 3, 1981 – December 31, 1982
Preceded byOliver Ocasek
Succeeded byHarry Meshel
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1967 – December 31, 1988
Preceded byInaugural holder
Succeeded byBetty Montgomery
Personal details
BornFebruary 1, 1939
Tiffin, Ohio, U.S.
Diedc. September 5, 2007(2007-09-05) (aged 68)
Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Brenda Lee Luckey (died 1972)
Karen Lako (m. 1983)
Children5
EducationOhio Wesleyan University
University of Michigan Law School
ProfessionAttorney

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Early life, career, and familyEdit

Gillmor was born in Tiffin, Ohio[1] and grew up in Old Fort; his father owned a trucking business in the area. His mother was Lucy Fry Gillmor. He attended Old Fort High School, graduating in 1957. In 1961 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. In 1964, he graduated with a law degree from the University of Michigan.

From 1965 to 1966, Gillmor was on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a Judge Advocate, attaining the rank of Captain. He then entered the practice of law.

Paul Gillmor married Brenda Lee Luckey. She died in a car accident in Fremont, Ohio in September 1972. They had two daughters, Linda and Julie, who were in the car at the time.

Gillmor married Karen Lako, who also served in the Ohio Senate, in 1983. They had three sons: Paul Michael and twins Adam and Connor.[2]

 
Paul Gillmor tours flood-ravaged Ottawa, Ohio on August 24, 2007, twelve days before his death

Political careerEdit

Ohio State SenateEdit

Gillmor was elected as an Ohio state senator in 1967, where he remained until being elected to Congress in 1988. For the last 10 years of his tenure, he was the leader of the Republicans in the chamber, serving as president of the state senate for three General Assemblies from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. He ran in the 1986 Republican primary for governor, but lost to former governor James A. Rhodes.

U.S. CongressEdit

ElectionsEdit

In 1988, Gillmor entered the Republican primary for the 5th District after 30-year incumbent Del Latta retired. Latta endorsed his son, Bob, as his successor; Gillmor defeated him by only 27 votes. He was then handily elected in November and was reelected nine times in this heavily Republican district, usually by margins of 2-to-1. He ran unopposed in 1992.

In 2002, Gillmor defeated Republican Rex Damschroder in the primary.

Committees and positionsEdit

Gillmor was the ranking Republican on the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee of the Financial Services Committee. He also served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and chaired its Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee until the Republicans lost control of Congress following the 2006 elections. In 2006, Gillmor served as a member of a bipartisan reform task force on ethics and congressional mailing practices. He was a member of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership.

The American Conservative Union gave Gillmor's 2005 voting record a rating of 82 points out of a possible 100; the liberal Americans for Democratic Action gave him a 0 rating.[1]

Gillmor joined with Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank to propose the Industrial Bank Holding Company Act of 2006, which was designed to prevent retailers such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot from operating banks to process their credit card transactions.[3]

Banking interestsEdit

Gillmor became partial owner of Old Fort Bank in Seneca County, about 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Toledo, after the death of his father, Paul M. Gillmor.

In 2007, Gillmor received approval from the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct and the offices of two federal regulators to be an initial director and investor in a new Florida bank, the Panther Community Bank.[4]

DeathEdit

On September 5, 2007, Gillmor was found dead in his Arlington County, Virginia townhouse by members of his staff after he failed to show up for a House Financial Services Committee meeting, and did not respond to repeated telephone calls and e-mails.[5] The Virginia state medical examiner's office said in a report that Gillmor died from blunt head and neck trauma consistent with a fall down the stairs. Police assessed the scene and ruled out foul play. Gillmor's death was ruled an accident.[6]

In a special election held in December, Bob Latta, the man Gillmor had narrowly defeated in the 1988 primary, won the seat.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Associated Press profile, 2006, accessed May 14, 2007
  2. ^ "Ohio congressman found dead in apartment", CNN, September 5, 2007
  3. ^ LAWMAKERS ATTEMPT TO PREVENT RETAILERS FROM OPERATING BANKS; "THE INDUSTRIAL BANK HOLDING COMPANY ACT OF 2006" SEEKS TO BLOCK NON-FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FROM BANKING.(Paul Gillmor) – HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home FurnishingNetwork – HighBeam Research
  4. ^ Joshua Boak, "Gillmor takes lead on bank law while he's a bank owner", Toledo Blade, May 27, 2007
  5. ^ Markon, Jerry & Weisman, Jonathan (2007-09-06). "10-Term Ohio Congressman, 68, Found Dead in His Arlington Home". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
  6. ^ John McCarthy, "Report: Congressman Likely Fell to Death" Archived 2007-09-11 at the Wayback Machine, Associated Press (Fox News), September 7, 2007.

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