Gov. Joe Kernan Death | Gov. Joe Kernan Obituary – Gov. Joe Kernan the Former Indiana Governor dies at 74 after long illness. Joseph E. Kernan, Indiana’s 48th governor, died Wednesday morning, 29th of July 2020 following a long illness. Kernan’s distinguished career began as a United States Navy Lieutenant. He and his co-pilot were shot down while on a reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam in 1972. He spent 11 months as a POW in Hanoi, including at the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison. 7 years later in 1987, he was elected to his first of three consecutive terms as mayor of the City of South Bend.
In 1996, Frank O’Bannon, who was running for Governor of Indiana, asked Kernan to join him as the candidate for Lt. Governor. O’Bannon and Kernan were elected in November of that year. The team of O’Bannon and Kernan won reelection four years later in 2000. When Governor O’Bannon died unexpectedly of a stroke in 2003, Kernan was sworn in as the state’s 48th Governor. Kernan made history immediately by appointing Kathy Davis as Indiana’s first female Lt. Governor.
According to research, after retirement from politics in 2005, Kernan moved back to South Bend. He worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame and through his own consulting firm until his death. He is survived by his wife Maggie and seven siblings who live in the state of Maine and the Washington, DC area.
— CBS4 Indy (@CBS4Indy) July 29, 2020
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