The Latest: Ohio governor pays respects to late US senator


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on a memorial service for former Ohio governor and U.S. Senator George Voinovich (all times local):

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sihk) and other elected officials and former state office holders have paid their 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 was invited to pass by Voinovich’s casket Thursday in the Cleveland City Hall rotunda before a program to honor the well-respected Republican.

Kasich, a fellow Republican, called Voinovich a mentor he got to know well during since being elected in 2010.

Attorney General Mike DeWine, also a Republican, called Voinovich a tough politician who also stayed true to his integrity and morality.

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

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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.