Paul Gillmor was elected to the U.S. House in 1988, defeating Democrat Thomas J. Murray with 61 percent of the vote. He was re-elected in 1990 with 73 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat P. Scott Mange. He was unopposed in 1992.
He was re-elected in 1994 with 73 percent, defeating Democrat Jarrod Tudor. He was re-elected in 1996 with 61 percent of the vote against Democrat Annie Saunders. Gillmor was re-elected in 1998, defeating Democrat Susan Darrow with 67 percent of the vote. In 2000, he was re-elected with 70 percent of the vote, defeating Dannie Edmon.
Gillmor won an eighth term in 2002 with 67 percent of the vote over Democrat Roger Anderson. Gillmor had no opposition in Ohio's March 2, 2004, primary election for the 5th District. He lost a 1986 race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. He served in the Ohio Senate, 1967-88.