President Obama pays tribute to George Voinovich

President Barack Obama issued the following statement Tuesday on the death of former Ohio governor and senator George Voinovich:

Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of former Senator George Voinovich. As was clear from his 46 years in public service, George was a true patriot who dedicated his life to serving the people of Ohio. His dedication is underscored by the fact that he holds the record for being elected to more public offices than any other Ohioan in history. George leaves behind a powerful legacy of service to his state and country that will not soon be forgotten. Michelle and I offer his wife, Janet, and their children and grandchildren our condolences during this difficult time.

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WASHINGTON - MAY 12:  Sen. George Voinovich (R- Ohio) testifies during a Senate Foregn Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill May 12, 2005 in Washington, DC. The committee is debating and will vote on the embattled nomination of John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – MAY 12: Sen. George Voinovich (R- Ohio) testifies during a Senate Foregn Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill May 12, 2005 in Washington, DC. The committee is debating and will vote on the embattled nomination of John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


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