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Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio)

Political Highlights: Ohio House, 1967-71; Cuyahoga County auditor, 1971-76; Cuyahoga County Commission, 1977-78; lieutenant governor, 1979; mayor of Cleveland, 1979-89; Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, 1988; governor, 1991-99; U.S. Senate, 1999-2011
Born: July 15, 1936; Cleveland, Ohio
Residence: Cleveland
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Janet Voinovich; four children (one deceased)
Education: Ohio U., B.A. 1958; Ohio State U., J.D. 1961
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1998 (2nd term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Commerce-Justice-Science; Energy-Water; Homeland Security - Ranking Member; State-Foreign Operations; Transportation-HUD); Environment & Public Works (Clean Air & Nuclear Safety; Green Jobs & the New Economy; Transportation & Infrastructure - Ranking Member); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Efficiency of Federal Programs - Ranking Member; Federal Financial Management; State, Local & Private Sector Preparedness)

Election History
2004generalGeorge Voinovich (R) 3,464,35663.9
Eric Fingerhut (D) 1,961,17136.2
1998generalGeorge Voinovich (R) 1,922,08756.5
Mary Boyle (D) 1,482,05443.5
1988generalHoward Metzenbaum (D) 2,480,03857.0
George Voinovich (R) 1,872,71643.0
Roll Call Vitals


Ohio is 14th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Sen. George V. Voinovich has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

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Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.