|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
January 3, 1989 – September 5, 2007
|Preceded by||Del Latta|
|Succeeded by||Bob Latta|
|President of the Ohio Senate|
January 3, 1985-December 31, 1988
|Preceded by||Harry Meshel|
|Succeeded by||Stanley Aronoff|
January 3, 1981-December 31, 1982
|Preceded by||Oliver Ocasek|
|Succeeded by||Harry Meshel|
|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 2nd district
January 3, 1967-December 31, 1988
|Preceded by||District Created|
|Succeeded by||Betty Montgomery|
|Born||February 1, 1939
|Died||September 5, 2007
|Spouse(s)||Karen L. Gillmor|
|Residence||Old Fort, Ohio (1967-2006)
Tiffin, Ohio (2006-2007)
|Alma mater||Ohio Wesleyan University
University of Michigan Law School
Paul Eugene Gillmor (February 1, 1939 – c. September 5, 2007) was an American politician of the Republican Party who served as the U.S. Representative from the 5th congressional district of Ohio from 1989 until his death.
Early life, career, and family
Gillmor was born in Tiffin, Ohio and grew up in Old Fort; his father owned a trucking business in the area. His mother was Lucy Fry Gillmor. He attended Old Fort High School, graduating in 1957. In 1961 he received a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. In 1964, he graduated with a law degree from the University of Michigan.
From 1965 to 1966, Gillmor was on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a Judge Advocate, attaining the rank of Captain. He then entered the practice of law.
Paul Gillmor married Brenda Lee Luckey, daughter of Helen and Lee Luckey of Fostoria, Ohio. They had two children, Linda and Julie. Gillmor's wife Brenda was killed in a car accident in Fremont, Ohio in September 1972. Daughters Linda and Julie, ages 7 and 5 at the time, were in the car.
Gillmor's 2006 financial disclosure placed his wealth between $6.2 and $27.8 million. Much of that is from an eight-branch local bank, Old Fort Bank, owned by Gillmor and his relatives. He was the 43rd-richest member of Congress, according to Roll Call.
Ohio State Senate
Gillmor was elected as an Ohio state senator in 1967, where he remained until being elected to Congress in 1988. He was the Republican Leader from 1978 to 1980 and from 1983 to 1984. After the Republican Party won a majority in the Ohio Senate, Gillmor was elected President of the Senate and served in that office for three General Assemblies from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. He ran in the 1986 Republican primary for governor, but lost to former governor James A. Rhodes.
In 1988, Gillmor entered the Republican primary for the 5th District after 30-year incumbent Del Latta retired. Latta endorsed his son, Bob, as his successor; Gillmor defeated him by only 27 votes. He was then handily elected in November and has been reelected nine times in this heavily Republican district, usually by margins of 2-to-1. He ran unopposed in 1992.
In 2002, Gillmor defeated Republican Rex Damschroder in the primary , in a campaign where Gillmor was accused of ignoring his district and spending almost all of his time at his homes near Washington and Columbus, Ohio.
Committees and positions
Gillmor was the ranking Republican on the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee of the Financial Services Committee. He also served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and chaired its Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee until the Republicans lost control of Congress following the 2006 elections. In 2006, Gillmor served as a member of a bipartisan reform task force on ethics and congressional mailing practices. He was a member of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership.
Gillmor joined with Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank to propose the Industrial Bank Holding Company Act of 2006, which was designed to prevent retailers such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot from operating banks to process their credit card transactions. The Toledo Blade noted that as he fought for the interests of the banking community, Gillmor had opened his own bank in Florida, Panther Community Bank, and was heir to an Ohio bank, Old Fort Bank.
Residency and real estate
Until March 2006, when he bought a condominium in Tiffin for $230,000, Gillmor claimed his boyhood home in Old Fort as his official residence. Both are within his district. However, when Gillmor was not in Washington, D.C., he lived primarily in Dublin, a suburb of Columbus, about a 90-minute drive from the condominium and outside the district he represents (it is split between the 12th and 15th districts). Gillmor and his wife also owned a townhouse in Arlington, Virginia, purchased in 1989 for $389,000 and valued in 2007 at $640,000. Gillmor's wife works in Columbus as vice chairman of the State Employment Relations Board; prior to being appointed to that position, she was a state senator. Their three sons attend Dublin schools. When asked prior to the November 2006 election how often he stayed at the Tiffin house, Gillmor refused to answer.
His opponents in the last three election cycles prior to his death made an issue of his residence, and many of the condominium's residents claim they rarely saw him there. However, Gillmor long insisted that Seneca County (home to both Old Fort and Tiffin) is his true home. Members of the House are constitutionally required to live only in the state they represent, but it has become a strong convention that they live in the district they represent as well.
In March 2007, Gillmor and his family moved into a new house in Dublin. In 2004, the land where that house now sits was purchased by Zenith Holding & Trading Corp., a subsidiary of a Columbus law and lobbying firm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. In 2005, Zenith Holding received a construction loan of $967,000, to build the house. Prior to moving into the house, Gillmor and his family lived in a four-bedroom, 3,571-square-foot (331.8 m2) house in Dublin that they bought in 1996 for $364,900.
In a letter to the Toledo Blade in early May 2007, the firm said that Zenith has the new Dublin house and its land in trust "at the request of, and for the benefit of" Gillmor, who pays the mortgage and taxes. In a follow-up letter to the newspaper, Gillmor said he considers the properties outside his district, in Dublin and Arlington, to be "only real estate investments." In his April 2007 letter to The Blade, Gillmor similarly said that the property was in a trust. But in May 2007, Gillmor's spokesman, Brad Mascho, said that a trustlike entity that is "not a trust" controls the house, so there had been no need to notify the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct that Gillmor was transferring assets into a trust in order to purchase the home.
Gillmor became partial owner of Old Fort Bank in Seneca County, about 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Toledo, after the death of his father, Paul M. Gillmor. In 2006, Gillmor received $540,000 in dividends from the bank, for his share of ownership, out of a total of $2 million paid to all shareholders. The bank had total profits of $3.6 million in 2006.
In 2007, Gillmor received approval from the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct and the offices of two federal regulators to be an initial director and investor in a new Florida bank, the Panther Community Bank.
In May 2007, the House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 371-16, a bill by Gillmor and Representative Barney Frank that blocked retailers such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot from establishing their own industrial loan companies. Industrial loan companies are state-chartered corporations that are potential competitors of community banks.
On September 5, 2007, Gillmor was found dead in his Arlington County, Virginia townhouse by members of his staff after he failed to show up for a House Financial Services Committee meeting, and did not respond to repeated telephone calls and e-mails. The Virginia state medical examiner's office said in a report that Gillmor died from blunt head and neck trauma consistent with a fall down the stairs. Police assessed the scene and ruled out foul play. Gillmor's death was ruled an accident.
In a special election held in December, Bob Latta, the man Gillmor had narrowly defeated in the 1988 primary, won the seat.
- Election Results, U.S. Representative from Ohio, 5th District
- List of United States Representatives from Ohio
Notes and references
|Wikinews has related news: Ohio congressman dies in apartment|
- Associated Press profile, 2006, accessed May 14, 2007
- Joshua Boak, "Questions about Gillmor’s $1 million residence linger", Toledo Blade, May 13, 2007
- "Ohio congressman found dead in apartment", CNN, September 5, 2007
- LAWMAKERS ATTEMPT TO PREVENT RETAILERS FROM OPERATING BANKS; "THE INDUSTRIAL BANK HOLDING COMPANY ACT OF 2006" SEEKS TO BLOCK NON-FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FROM BANKING.(Paul Gillmor) - HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home FurnishingNetwork - HighBeam Research
- Gillmor takes lead on bank law while he's a bank owner. - Blade (Toledo, OH) - HighBeam Research
- Jennifer Feehan, "Gillmor family rarely seen at new 'residence' in Tiffin", Toledo Blade, November 2, 2006
- Al Kamen, "Congressman Says Home Purchase Was 'Pretty Much Aboveboard'", The Washington Post, May 11, 2007
- Jonathan Riskind, "Perks of power stop at tiny D.C. digs", Columbus Dispatch, June 10, 2007
- Joshua Boak, "Gillmor defends move to new home", Toledo Blade, May 2, 2007
- Joshua Boak, "Gillmor takes lead on bank law while he's a bank owner", Toledo Blade, May 27, 2007
- Marilyn Geewax, "House blocks stores' bank bid: Senate may see closer vote on bill closing loophole", Cox News Service, May 23, 2007
- Markon, Jerry; and Weisman, Jonathan (2007-09-06). "10-Term Ohio Congressman, 68, Found Dead in His Arlington Home". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
- John McCarthy, "Report: Congressman Likely Fell to Death", Associated Press (Fox News), September 7, 2007.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Paul Gillmor.|
- Paul Gillmor at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Official campaign site
- Congressional blog by Gillmor
- Federal Election Commission — Paul E Gillmor campaign finance reports and data
- On the Issues — Paul Gillmor issue positions and quotes
- OpenSecrets.org — Paul E. Gillmor campaign contributions
- Project Vote Smart — Representative Paul E. Gillmor (OH) profile
- SourceWatch Congresspedia — Paul Gillmor profile
- Washington Post — Congress Votes Database: Paul Gillmor voting record
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th congressional district
January 3, 1989 – September 5, 2007