Statement of Former Senator Sam Nunn
Warren Rudman was an outstanding Senator and an outstanding citizen. Warren remained dedicated to public service and to our nation’s well-being long after he left public office. Among his many civic contributions, Warren co-chaired the Concord Coalition -- an organization he founded with Paul Tsongas and Pete Peterson that is dedicated to putting America back on the road to fiscal responsibility.
Warren faced hard truths with courage and candor, and he worked with members from both political parties who were willing to put America’s interests first. He knew that America had to face up to our current and long-term fiscal challenges, and he believed that if the American people were given the facts by courageous leaders, our fiscal problems would be confronted and solved.
Warren will be greatly missed by his many friends and admirers, by the people of New Hampshire and by his country.
Statement of Former Senator Pete Domenici
I am deeply saddened by the announcement of the death of my friend and former colleague in the Senate, Warren Rudman. He was a man of great integrity and patriotism, who devoted himself to the nation in war and in peace.
His work on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation in the Senate, as well as his leadership on the Senate Intelligence, Ethics and Government Affairs Committees revealed a tough-minded, but fair approach. He showed the same rigor during the difficult budget battles of the 1980s and 1990s.
He was a true warrior for fiscal sanity and co-author of the historic Gramm-Rudman-Hollings legislation in 1985 that attempted to force Congress into true deficit reduction budgets. When his colleagues had tough decisions to make, they always knew that Warren Rudman would stand with them, no matter how difficult the politics of the situation. After his retirement from the Senate, he helped found the Concord Coalition, an organization devoted to informing the public about the dangers that federal debt held for the nation’s economy and security.
I am proud of the work we were able to do together, the Concord Coalition and the Bipartisan Policy Center, over the past few years as we attempted to bring the looming debt crisis to the public’s attention. Warren was involved in that cause until the very end. He was part of the joint hearings on the dangers of the debt and the need for bipartisan cooperation held just last month under the auspices of the Concord Coalition, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
He was my friend, a treasure to the nation, and I send my deepest condolences to his family.