: Photograph showing John J. Gilligan and his family in a car. Pictured are his wife Mary Kathryn, two sons John and Donald, and two daughters Kathryn and Ellen.
Gilligan started his political career in 1953 when he campaigned and won a seat in the Cincinnati City Council. Later, Gilligan ran for the United States House of Representatives and served for one term. However, he was not re-elected and suffered two more political defeats in running for the United States Senate. Despite these failed campaigns, Gilligan won the office of Governor of Ohio in 1971. He served as governor until 1975.
His term as governor is remembered for several successes, such as the beginning of the state lottery, the graduated state income tax, the voting age lowered to eighteen, and an improved transportation infrastructure. After his term, Gilligan focused his political efforts towards international development and also taught at the collegiate level.
Influenced by her father's political career and ambitions, Kathleen Gilligan served as governor of Kansas from 2003 until 2009. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her Secretary of Health and Human Services. View on Ohio Memory.
: AV155_B02_F01_05 Subjects
: Gilligan, John Joyce, 1921-; Family; Governors; Local government; Places
: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)