December 20, 2014

Warren B. Rudman

The Honorable Warren B. Rudman

Co-Chairman
The Concord Coalition

Warren B. Rudman, who died lin late 2012, was a founding co-chairman of the Concord Coalition.

He served two distinguished terms as a U.S. senator from New Hampshire, and remained active in public affairs after that. He was first elected to the Senate in 1980, and was overwhelmingly reelected in 1986. After the Senate, he became a partner in the international law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison, maintaining offices with the firm in Washington and New York, and on his own in New Hampshire.

Rudman was born May 18, 1930, and remained a life-long New Hampshire resident. He received a B.S. from Syracuse University in 1952 and served in the U.S. Army as a combat platoon leader and company commander during the Korean War. In 1960 he received his LL.B. from Boston College Law School. Rudman began his career practicing law in his hometown of Nashua. In 1970, he was appointed Attorney General of New Hampshire. He later joined the Manchester, N.H., law firm Sheehan, Phinney, Bass, and Green.

During his 12 years in the Senate, Rudman established a record of independence by refusing to accept out-of-state political action committee donations. Perhaps his best-known accomplishment came in 1985, when he co-authored the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction law, a historic step that imposed discipline and accountability on the chaotic budget process to reduce the federal deficit.

In December 1986, Senator Rudman was appointed to serve as vice-chairman of the Senate select committee investigating arms transfers to Iran. He served on the Ethics Committee and presided over numerous investigations, including the Keating Five. Senator Rudman also served on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and was active on the Subcommittees on Defense and Commerce, Justice, State, and the Judiciary, where he served as ranking Republican. While supporting a strong military, he actively opposed expensive weapons that were not cost-effective. He also served on the Intelligence Committee, the Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

Senator Rudman's provided an inside account of his Senate career in his book, Combat: Twelve Years in the U.S. Senate, published by Random House in 1996.

President Clinton appointed Senator Rudman to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in the fall of 1993, and he later served as its vice chairman. In addition, he was appointed by the President to serve as vice chairman of the Commission on Roles and Capabilities of the U.S. Intelligence Community. He also served on the boards of trustees of Boston College, Valley Forge Military Academy, the Brookings Institution, and the Aspen Institute. He was also a member of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Rudman, together with Peter G. Peterson and Paul Tsongas, founded The Concord Coalition in 1992 to support fiscal reform in Washington and protect future generations from overwhelming government debt. Rudman remained a Concord co-chairman until his death in November, 2012.