Bob Bennett


Age: 75

Summary: longest-serving chairman of the Ohio Republican Party who was state GOP chairman from 1988 to 2009, then came out of retirement to head the party in 2012 to 2013, and whose legacy as a keen political operative was burnished earlier this year when the Republican National Committee awarded Cleveland its 2016 national convention.

Cause of Death: Cardiopulmonary ilness

Born: February 8, 1939

Died: December 6, 2014

Cleveland, Ohio