In a Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 photo, Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters outside of the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)
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Former Republican U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, a two-term Ohio governor who preached frugality in his personal and public life and occasionally bucked the GOP establishment, died Sunday.He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention coming to Cleveland next month.During his 12 years in the Senate, Voinovich occasionally found himself at odds with Republican conservatives. Voinovich announced in early 2009 that he would not run for a third Senate term in 2010 . Voinovich cultivated an image as a debt hawk and opposed President Barack Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus package, saying too much of the spending wasn't stimulative.Voinovich also cut $720 million from the state budget in two years.She was the youngest of the Voinoviches' four children.Though he was one of Ohio's most popular Republican politicians, Voinovich stumbled in 1988 during his first bid for the U.S. Senate. The move backfired and Metzenbaum soundly carried the election.In 1990, he easily defeated Democrat Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr. and began the first of two four-year terms as governor.
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