Public pays respects to former GOP senator and Ohio governor

CLEVELAND (AP) — The public is paying its respects to former U.S. senator, Ohio governor and Cleveland mayor George Voinovich.

The 79-year-old Voinovich died in his sleep last Sunday at his home in Cleveland.

The public has been invited to pass by Voinovich’s casket Thursday in the Cleveland City Hall rotunda and attend a brief program to honor the well-respected Republican.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Voinovich spent more than 40 years in public office as a state representative, a county auditor, a lieutenant governor, a county commissioner, mayor, governor and finally two terms as a U.S. senator. He was to be a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month.

A funeral Mass for Voinovich is scheduled for Friday morning at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Euclid.