Plain-spoken Senator George Voinovich Reflects on His Life and Career

Former Senator George Voinovich candidly discussed his career in politics to a capacity crowd of over 200 residents and guests at South Franklin Circle Wednesday, May 14.

South Franklin Circle resident and Programming Committee Chair Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell spoke to the Senator on stage interview-style, and then opened the floor for questions from the audience.

Voinovich is one of the few Ohio politicians to have served as mayor of Cleveland, governor of Ohio and a United States Senator. Rev. Campbell asked him which role he felt was most rewarding.

“They were all rewarding in different ways,” said Voinovich. “But I enjoyed being mayor the most.  We had strong public-private partnerships going which were very positive. I felt I could better see the positive impact of the work I was doing as mayor. I felt like an orchestra leader.” He continued that he felt that working in the senate was frustrating and difficult. “If they don’t organize themselves soon, we’re in for trouble,” he quipped.

The Senator felt it important to encourage young people to explore opportunities for public service.  “There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer. Groups like the Young Republicans are great—that’s where I met my wife, Janet,” he laughed.

Rev. Campbell admittedly posed one “zinger” question to the Senator: Would he take a stab at predicting the 2016 presidential election?

“I think Hilary Clinton will win by a landslide unless the Republicans get somebody really good,” said Voinovich.

“You should run for president!” declared Campbell to applause from the audience.

Senator Voinovich’s appearance capped the retirement community’s 2013-2014 Dialogue Series, which offers stimulating forums designed to inspire and inform the greater community.

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