GOP's Portman wins Ohio's U.S. Senate race

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Rob Portman won the U.S. Senate race in Ohio Tuesday, keeping the seat in the Republican fold, election results showed.
Senate passes small business bill

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate passed small-business legislation that would give small businesses $12 billion in tax cuts after voting to end a Republican-led filibuster.
Obama welcomes GOP aisle-crossers

Obama welcomes GOP aisle-crossers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama Wednesday said Republicans "want to hold middle-class tax cuts hostage" unless taxes are also cut for the wealthiest Americans.

Fisher wins Dem Senate primary in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 4 (UPI) -- Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher won the Democratic primary Tuesday for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring George Voinovich and will face Republican Rob Portman.
Politics 2010: Parties play take-away, keep-away in Ohio

Politics 2010: Parties play take-away, keep-away in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 2 (UPI) -- If Republicans want to capture majorities in Congress, they must run an error-free campaign for the U.S Senate seat in Ohio being vacated by George Voinovich.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

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Voinovich to bow out at end of term

Voinovich to bow out at end of term

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, announced Monday he will retired from Congress when his second term expires in 2011.

Report: Voinovich will retire from Senate

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, is set to announce he will retire from the Senate in two years, CNN reported Sunday.
Bush raps Congress on carmaker aid

Bush raps Congress on carmaker aid

LIMA, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. President George W. Bush Friday criticized Congress for not voting on a compromise measure to allow automakers access to $25 billion in federal loans.

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Bush stumps for Ohio's Chabot

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Pro-war group targets GOP lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A U.S. pro-war group has begun a $15 million ad campaign targeting members of Congress who have expressed opposition to continuing operations in Iraq.

Iraq visits popular with U.S. senators

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Making visits to troops in Iraq is popular among U.S. senators, as at least 76 of them have done so in the last year, The Hill reported Wednesday.

Petraeus asks for more time in Iraq

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- The top U.S. military commander and the U.S. ambassador in Iraq testified Thursday before the U.S. Senate by video link, asking for time to show progress.

U.S. Republican rift on Iraq grows

WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- Dissent in the Republican Party over U.S. President George W. Bush's Iraq war policy grew Wednesday as two key party senators co-sponsored a Democratic bill.
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George Voinovich
EAS96031504-25MAY96-EAST LIBERTY, OHIO, USA: Published reports (Saterday) reveal the cockpit conversation between Ohio Gov. George Voinovich (pictured here in a file photo with Senator Bob Dole) and federal officials last October led to a $1,500 fine against the governor. Voinovich was fined for ordering his plane .to take-off from a Columbus airport Oct 20 last year, despite an order grounding all flights during a visit by President Clinton in that area that day. Voinovich is considered one of the front runners for Vice President slot with Dole. UPI (file Photo) sw/Mike Williams

George Victor Voinovich (born July 15, 1936) is the senior United States Senator from the state of Ohio, and a member of the Republican Party. Previously, he served as the 65th Governor of Ohio from 1991 to 1998, and as the 54th mayor of Cleveland from 1980 to 1989. Voinovich will retire from the Senate in 2011 when his current term expires.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, his father was Croatian Serb (from Kordun), and his mother was Slovenian. Voinovich grew up in the Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland and graduated from Collinwood High School in 1954. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Ohio University in 1958 and received a Law degree in 1961 from the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University. He was also a part of the fraternity Phi Kappa Tau at Ohio University. He married his wife, Janet, in 1962. They had four children: George, Betsy, Peter, and Molly, as well as seven grandchildren. Molly, their youngest child, was killed in an auto accident at age 9.

Voinovich began his political career in 1963 as an assistant attorney general of Ohio. He then served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1967 to 1971. From 1971 to 1976, he served as county auditor of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. In 1975, he made an unsuccessful run for the Republican nomination for Mayor of Cleveland against incumbent Mayor Ralph J. Perk. From 1977 to 1978, he served as a member of the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners. In 1978, Voinovich was elected lieutenant governor on the ticket with James A. Rhodes (the first Ohio lieutenant governor not to be elected separately from the governor).

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