Congressman Found Dead at Home

By Theresa Cook

Sep 5, 2007 2:54pm

ABC News’ Jack Date and Theresa Cook Report:  Veteran Ohio Republican Rep. Paul Gillmor is dead at the age of 68.

Two members of Gillmor’s staff found the Congressman’s body at the bottom of a staircase in his suburban Washington home at 11:10 Wednesday morning, according to Arlington County, Va. Police Department spokesman John Lysle.

The staff members stopped by Gillmor’s home to check on him after he missed a hearing, Lysle said.  Gillmor, who was serving his tenth term as a Congressman, was a member of the House Financial Services Committee, which had a 10:30 hearing scheduled Wednesday morning.

House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner, a fellow Ohio Republican, informed colleagues of Gillmor’s death while speaking on the House floor Wednesday.

"Congressman Paul Gillmor was a good friend and a trusted colleague who served his constituents with honor for nearly two decades," Boehner said in a statement. 

"Born, raised and educated in our home state of Ohio, Paul never lost sight of the reason he came to Congress – to serve this great institution and his constituents with dedication and distinction.  Paul will be dearly missed," the statement said.

Arlington County detectives are investigating the death, but say that at this time there are no indications of foul play or suspicious activity.  The home was secure, Lysle told ABC News. 

The department believes Rep. Gilmore flew back from Ohio last night.

Gillmor was first elected to represent Ohio’s 5th district in 1988.  Previously, he had served in the Ohio Senate for 22 years.  Gillmore had held various leadership roles in both the state government and the U.S. House. 

He is survived by his wife, Karen, two daughters and three sons.

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