Funeral services held for former Ohio congressman, mayor

CINCINNATI (AP) - Funeral services are set for a former Democratic Ohio congressman and Cincinnati mayor who died last week at the age of 92.

A visitation for Thomas Luken is scheduled for Wednesday morning at St. Xavier Church in downtown Cincinnati. It will be followed by a Memorial Mass at 12:30 p.m.

Luken mentored many young politicians, including former Cincinnati mayor and current TV talk show host Jerry Springer and current Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

Luken's time as a U.S. House member for 15 years in the 1970s and 80s was bookended by stints on the City Council. He also served as a federal prosecutor.

To honor the life and services of Tom Luken, Governor John Kasich has ordered that flags be flown at half-mast on public building and grounds throughout Hamilton County and at the Ohio Statehouse from sunrise to sunset Wednesday.

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