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Accession Number 1900.001
Catalog Number 1900.001.063
Object Name Painting
Title Portrait of George Voinovich
Description Ohio's 65th governor, George Voinovich (1991-1999), stands by a bronze bas-relief sculpture in the Statehouse Map Room.The sculpture was created by George Danhires of Kent, Ohio, and depicts a modern schoolroom. Voinovich wears a dark blue suit, a white shirt and multi-color tie. He has a pin in his proper right lapel. He holds a rolled document in his proper right hand.
Date 1999
Artist Mueller, David William
Notes Born and raised in Cleveland, George Voinovich graduated from Ohio University and The Ohio State University College of Law. In 1963, he served as an assistant attorney general. He went on to serve three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. Following his service in the legislature, Voinovich returned to his native Cuyahoga County, first as a county auditor, then as a county commissioner. In 1979, he served as Ohio's lieutenant governor under Governor James A. Rhodes. Later that year, he returned to Cleveland where he became mayor of that city. Voinovich became the longest-standing mayor in Cleveland history. His administration was credited with bringing the city back from financial collapse, revitalizing the Cleveland area economy and restoring civic pride.

In 1988 George Voinovich ran against Democrat Howard Metzenbaum for a U.S. Senate seat from Ohio and lost. In 1990 Republicans nominated Voinovich to run for governor against Democrat Anthony J. Celebrezze, Jr. In 1994 voters re-elected Voinovich in a landslide against Democrat Robert L. Burch, Jr. His lieutenant governor, Nancy Hollister, was the first female elected to that position. Voinovich also appointed Kenneth Blackwell to state treasurer, becoming the first African-American to hold a state office in Ohio. He was reelected to a second term and in 1995 was named Public Official of the Year by the "National Journal." He left office just before his second term was due to end, having won election to the U.S. Senate where he served two terms. In January 2009, he announced he would not seek a third term.

Former Senator Voinovich was a Ohio Visiting Professor Leadership and Public Affairs at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.

Voinovich died on June 12, 2016.
People Danhires, George
Mueller, David William
Voinovich, George V., 1936-2016
Signed Name "David Mueller 1999"
Sig Loc Lower left
Image size 51-1/2" x 47-1/2"
Frame size 60" x 46-1/4"
Frame desc Twentieth century cove molded and gesso carved gilt frame
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Provenance In 1867, the Ohio General Assembly passed a joint resolution relative to the governors of Ohio. The legislators resolved that "the secretary of state, on the first Monday of January next, whether the portraits of the governors of Ohio, state and territorial, can be procured, and if so, whether original portraits or copies, and the probable expense of procuring such portraits for the governor's office."

David Mueller painted and signed this portrait of Governor Voinovich in 1999.

The portrait was unveiled at the Ohio Statehouse in March of 1999.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board took over the care of the Statehouse and its collections in 1988.
Search Terms Ohio Governor
Ohio Governor's Portraits
Subjects Governors
Portrait paintings
Collection Statehouse Artwork Collection/Governors' Portraits