NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Ohio Representative Don Manning (R-New Middletown) died Friday after being taken to a hospital for chest pain.
Manning was serving his first term representing House District 59, which covers most of Mahoning County.
Speaker Larry Householder said that Manning was taken to the hospital on Friday and later passed away.
The Mahoning Valley and the State of Ohio lost one of their biggest fans and advocates yesterday. RIP Don 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/ws53AzPcLn— Speaker Larry Householder (@HouseholderOH) March 21, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine released the following statement about Manning on Saturday morning:
"Fran and I are saddened to hear of the death of State Representative Don Manning. Don was a tireless advocate for advancing issues important to the Mahoning Valley while in Columbus, including advocacy on behalf of Lordstown workers and economic development in the area. It was my privilege in December to sign his first bill, House Bill 12, which created the Ohio Children's Behavioral Health Prevention Network Stakeholder Group. Don was a Navy veteran, and our state and our nation are both better for his service. Fran and I extend our sincerest condolences to Don's children and family during this most difficult time."
Lt. Governor Jon Husted said Manning spent his life serving others.
"Tina and I were sad to learn this morning that Representative Don Manning passed away. Don was a great advocate for the Mahoning Valley. He spent his life serving others in the Navy, as a corrections official, and in the Statehouse. Our hearts go out to his family, especially his young children,” Husted said
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