Former Sen. Warren Rudman dead at 82
November 20th, 2012
11:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Former Sen. Warren Rudman dead at 82

(CNN) - Former Republican Sen. Warren Rudman of New Hampshire died from complications of lymphoma shortly before midnight on Monday, his press secretary Bob Stevenson confirmed Tuesday. He was 82.

Known as a centrist, Rudman was elected to the Senate in 1980 and served for two terms until 1993. Following his tenure on Capitol Hill, Rudman practiced law in Washington, D.C., where he was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to the president's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

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In that capacity, he was co-chairman, along with former Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, of the U.S. Commission on National Security, which called for the creation of a homeland security department in 2001, six months prior to the September 11th attacks, according to Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm chaired by Rudman and founded by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The former senator also served as a national co-chairman for Sen. John McCain's 2000 presidential campaign.

The White House released a statement from President Barack Obama saying he and first lady Michelle Obama send their thoughts and prayers to the late senator's family.

With Rudman's passing, the president said, the "United States has lost a decorated war veteran and one of our country's great public servants."

"Over almost 20 years representing the people of New Hampshire – first as Attorney General and then in the Senate – Warren was the embodiment of Yankee sensibility and New England independence," he continued. "And as we work together to address the fiscal challenges of our time, leaders on both sides of the aisle would be well served to follow Warren's example of common-sense bipartisanship."

Responding to news of Rudman's death, former Supreme Court Justice David Souter said Rudman "was like a brother."

"A man is incomparably lucky to have had a friend that close who stood for what the Founders of the American republic staked its future on," he said in a statement. Rudman played an instrumental role in Souter's appointment to the high court.

Rudman was a life-long resident of New Hampshire and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army as a combat platoon leader and company commander during the Korean War, according to the Concord Coalition, a non-profit fiscal policy group that was founded and co-chaired by Rudman.

Following his time in the war, Rudman earned his law degree from Boston College Law School and began his career in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he was later appointed as attorney general for the state.

Rudman passed away at George Washington Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Shean Rudman, who resides in Washington, D.C. He is also surved by his daughter Laura Rudman Robie, his daughter and son-in-law Debra and Dan Gilmore, three grandchildren and two sisters.

- CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    He will be sorely missed. He understood that serving your country sometimes imvolved acknowleging painful truths, and he was never shy about admitting them ,talking to people about them, or doing something about it that was not based in ideology. RIP.

    November 20, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Malory Archer

    Good, decent man. He was the Rudman behind the Graham/Rudman Report to the bush 43 admin spelling out threats to our national security. Unfortunately, the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue chose to shelf the tome without ever cracking it open. Perhaps if he had done so, and taken the August 11, 2001 PDB seriously instead of telling the official "okay, you've covered your backside (although he used a word that wouldn't pass the mod's muster)" after the official had interrupted his oh-so important work of clearing brush on his potemkin farm, the Twin Towers would still be standing, 3,000+ of our Naiton's finest wouldn't be dead, 100k wouldn't be damaged, and the "fiscal cliff" would be a moot point.

    November 20, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Tommy G

    All of the people that have been warning this country for decades about its out of control government spending are dying before they ever see the country return to sound fiscal practice. Too bad. If Democrats remain in control, none of us will live to see that day.

    November 20, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Marc in Texas

    Warren Rudman was a pragmatist – something the modern Republicans have fully excised from their ranks. That's why they ae rapidly headed into irrelevance. And there is a long list of Democrats who have a tradition of fiscal conservatism – it's just that Republicans captured the BS propaganda and "owned" it, even though their own record on spending is PATHETIC since GW Bush was elected. When you HAVE revenue, and then you dispose of it, sign Norquist pledges, fight wars on credit, damage credit ratings by refusing to issue the debt pay for spending you have already approved, that reveals how just how senseless and thoughtless, the base, inane rhetoric of the useless GOP is these days. They ruined the economy, granted huge tax breaks along the way (incidentally, which FAILED to save our economy from collapse), and now they pretend that the deficit is someone else's fault. Warren Rudman would have changed parties to avoid such idiocy.

    November 20, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -Tommy G

    All of the people that have been warning this country for decades about its out of control government spending are dying before they ever see the country return to sound fiscal practice. Too bad. If Democrats remain in control, none of us will live to see that day.
    And what has the GOP done to bring about fiscal discipline? Cut taxes in wartime and expand the government? We will spend decades digging out of the mess the Right has put us in. Rudman would leave the GOP in disgust with the lack of discipline they have shown on spending, and the willingness to be Pharisees on social issues. Rudman knew what it was like to be a real Republican, not the Christian Taliban its mutated into.

    November 20, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Wake up People!

    RIP Sir and thank you for your service.

    November 20, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |