"It was a great honor to follow him in the Senate and try to live up to his standards," Gregg said.
Current U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Rudman will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to justice and his devotion to country.
"As attorney general and U.S. senator from New Hampshire, he always put principle over politics and fought for what he believed in. Sen. Rudman's willingness to work across party lines to get the job done remains an example for all elected officials," said Shaheen. "Our state is a better place because of Warren Rudman. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family."
State Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley said he was saddened by Rudman's passing. "Sen. Rudman was a tireless public servant throughout his decades-long career which included service in the United States Army during the Korean War, serving as New Hampshire's Attorney General and as then as United States senator," Buckley said. "Sen. Rudman will be deeply missed by the people of the Granite State and by all those his service touched. My thoughts are with his family at this time."
New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, said he appreciated Rudman's support and counsel while he served in Congress. "Warren served his country as a soldier, a senator and a statesman. He will be remembered as someone who cared deeply about our national debt and national security long before others understood the need to pay attention to these issues," Bradley said. "He stood firm for his convictions both here in Concord as attorney general and in Washington as our U.S. Senator. His leadership will be missed and our thoughts are with the Rudman family today."
Rudman was best known for co-writing the deficit reduction bill with fellow Republican Sen. Phill Gramm of Texas and Democrat Ernest Hollings of South Carolina. The bill required "sequestration" of federal funding if deficit targets were not reached. The move helped reduce the federal deficit during the 1990s.
"My favorite expression from Warren was 'Just tell the truth and watch them scatter,'" said Cook, "which was a hallmark of his service in Washington."
After Rudman left the senate, former President Bill Clinton asked Rudman to become his Treasury Secretary, but Rudman declined. Clinton did appoint Rudman as vice chair of the influential President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
Not long after he left office, Rudman formed the Concord Coalition with former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas to bring attention to the country's financial problems and growing debt.
Before and after his retirement from the U.S. Senate, Rudman was associated with the Sheehan, Phinney, Bass and Green law firm in Manchester.
Rudman was active in national presidential campaigns, including fellow Sen. Bob Dole's 1996 effort and John McCain's 2000 bid.
He was an Army combat infantry commander and saw much action during the Korean conflict.
He served as N.H. attorney general from 1970 to 1976.
"Warren's legacy is the number of people in New Hampshire and the country who he inspired and taught and who learned from him," Cook said. "Many, many, many of his assistant (attorney generals) who came through his office are the top lawyers in New Hampshire."
He was born in Boston, Mass., on May 18, 1930. At the time of his death, Rudman was co-chair of the international consulting firm Albright Stonebridge Group and was of counsel to the New York-based international law firm Paul, Weiss.
Rudman's wife, Shirley, died last year. They have two daughters, Laura Rudman of Amherst and Debra Gilmore and son-in-law Dan Gilmore of Wayland, Mass. Their son, Alan, died in Maine in 2004.
Rudman is also survived by his wife, Margaret Shean Rudman, who resides in Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren, Ben, Sarah and Rebecca Gilmore; and two sisters, Jean Gale of Cape Neddick, Maine, and Carol Rudman of Washington, D.C.,
Memorial services are being planned in both Washington, D.C., and New Hampshire. The service in Washington will be on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 29, at a location to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, the Salvation Army, or the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
Distributed by MCT Information Services
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