Posted: Dec. 15, 2003
OFFICEHOLDERS MOURN ROTH
Delaware's leading officials offered
statements of remembrance and condolences on the death of U.S. Sen.
William V. Roth Jr., their Republican colleague who died Saturday at
the age of 82.
U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., a Democrat,
served with Roth in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2001.
"First and foremost, Bill Roth was my friend.
Although we represented different political parties in the U.S.
Senate for 30 years, we never had a harsh word for each other and
never uttered a disparaging word about one another.
"There is no one in public life that I trusted
more than Bill Roth.
"My heart goes out to Jane, Katie and Bud and
their children over the loss of Bill."
U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, a Democrat,
worked with Roth in the state's three-member congressional
delegation from 1983 to 1993 when Carper was in the U.S. House of
Representatives. After two terms as governor, Carper
challenged Roth for his Senate seat in 2000 and ended Roth's
“Senator Roth gave Delaware a good name in Washington and left a
lasting imprint on matters ranging from the Roth IRA to Kemp-Roth
tax legislation to military procurement reform, and a host of other
areas important to Delaware and our country. I and all Delawareans
offer the Roth family our deepest sympathies and also our heartfelt
thanks for sharing with us such a great and gentle man.”
Michael N. Castle, a Republican, was elected to the Congress in 1993
after two terms as governor and served with Roth in the state's
delegation from 1993 to 2001.
"My heart goes
out to the family of Senator Roth. This is a tragic loss for them
and for all Delawareans for whom Senator Roth worked so hard in the
Senate. All will sorely miss him. Senator Roth was one of the great
leaders of the U.S. Senate, representing Delaware for 30 years and
serving as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
"Senator Roth was
strongly devoted to his duties as Senator. I highly respect his work
as a lawmaker and his lifelong commitment to Delaware. Bill Roth
dedicated his life to serving the people of Delaware and his passing
is a tragic loss to all those who knew him and whom he helped.
"Bill Roth served
the United States Congress, the people of Delaware and our nation
with great distinction. He leaves a legacy for his innovative ideas
on savings and tax issues, his extensive involvement in
international relations, and the excellence of the constituent work
of the Senator and his staff. The Roth IRA, named in his honor, will
help Americans for generations to come. We have lost a true giant
of Delaware politics."
Gov. Ruth Ann
Minner, a Democrat, ordered that U.S. and state flags be lowered to
half-staff beginning Monday in tribute to Roth.
“Bill Roth was
the epitome of public service in Delaware. He was warm, genuine,
accessible, effective, respectful and respected. His many years
serving the people of Delaware earned him a place in their hearts
that few politicians reach.
"Sen. Roth’s work
in the areas of reducing taxes, balancing the federal budget,
reforming government, leading foreign relations and preserving the
environment are well-known. But that was on the national and
international stage. Here at home, he was known for his caring, for
his impressive service to his constituents and for the lovable dogs
that were his trademark.
"So I was pleased
in January to present Sen. Roth with the Order of the First State,
the highest honor that can be presented by a Delaware governor. My
thoughts and prayers go out today to Jane, to his children and to
his grandchildren and family. Delaware is no doubt a different and
better place for Bill Roth’s time here.”
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