State Rep. Manning Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – State Rep. Don Manning died unexpectedly Friday in Columbus. He was 54.

Manning’s death was reported early Saturday morning to members of the Ohio House of Representatives by Speaker Larry Householder.

In a memo, Householder wrote, “I have few details at this point other than Rep. Manning was experiencing chest pains yesterday afternoon. He was taken to a local hospital and passed from us yesterday.”

Manning, a Republican who lived in New Middletown, represented the 59th district and was serving his first term in the Ohio House.

“Rep. Don Manning was a good friend and a good legislator,” Householder said. “Don loved the Mahoning Valley and his work in the legislature.”

Manning attended Springfield Local Schools and the Mahoning County Career & Technical Center. He served on New Middletown Village Council before being elected to the legislature.

This morning Gov. Mike DeWine issued a statement expressing his condolences:

“Fran and I are saddened to hear of the death of state Rep. 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.”

Also expressing condolences were state Reps. Gil Blair (D-Weathersfield), Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), who issued a joint statement:

“It is with great sadness that we woke this morning to learn of the passing of our colleague and neighbor Don Manning.  We send our deepest condolences to his family during these difficult times.” 

Arrangements are pending.

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