COLUMBUS (AP) - Former Ohio Gov. and U.S. Rep. John J. Gilligan, a liberal Democrat whose creation of the state income tax was his most lasting accomplishment and also the undoing of his political career, died today. He was 92.
Gilligan's death was confirmed by his caregiver, Frank Kennedy, who did not provide a cause of death.
Gilligan's daughter Kathleen Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, in 2009 became Health and Human Services secretary under President Barack Obama.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered flags lowered to half-staff until the day of Gilligan's funeral. Kasich, a Republican, said he was saddened to hear of Gilligan's death.
"He served with honor and distinction," Kasich said in a statement.