This is a shock. Republican Congressman Paul Gillmor represented the district just south of my hometown Toledo, Ohio. From the Toledo Blade:
Congressman Paul Gillmor was found dead in his Washington apartment this morning, an aide to the Congressman confirmed.
The body of the 68-year-old Republican was found by staff members who went to his apartment after he failed to show up for work. There was no immediate word on the cause of his death.
Mr. Gillmor (R., Tiffin) represented Ohio’s 5th Congressional district, which touches 16 counties from the Indiana border to Sandusky Bay off Lake Erie — including all of Crawford, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Huron, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams and Wood counties, and parts of Ashland, Lucas, Mercer and Wyandot counties.
He was serving his 10th term in Congress.
Mr. Gillmor held a seat on the powerful House Committee on Financial Services committee and was vice president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. A staunch conservative Republican, he served as deputy minority whip for GOP caucus.
Before going to Congress, Mr. Gillmor served in the Ohio Senate for 22 years, where he was a GOP leader.