Warren Rudman

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Warren Rudman
Warren Bruce Rudman.jpg
Rudman in 1980
Chair of the Intelligence Oversight Board
In office
February 8, 2000 – October 5, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded byAnthony Harrington
Succeeded byBrent Scowcroft
Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board
In office
February 18, 1998 – October 5, 2001
Acting: November 19, 1997 – February 18, 1998
PresidentBill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded byTom Foley
Succeeded byBrent Scowcroft
In office
May 21, 1995 – January 16, 1996
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byLes Aspin
Succeeded byTom Foley
United States Senator
from New Hampshire
In office
December 29, 1980 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byJohn Durkin
Succeeded byJudd Gregg
Attorney General of New Hampshire
In office
December 3, 1970 – July 17, 1976
GovernorWalter Peterson
Meldrim Thomson
Preceded byGeorge Pappagiannis
Succeeded byDavid Souter
Personal details
Warren Bruce Rudman

(1930-05-18)May 18, 1930
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedNovember 19, 2012(2012-11-19) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Shirley Wahl (died 2010)
Margaret Shean[1]
EducationSyracuse University (BA)
Boston College (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1952–1954
Battles/warsKorean War
AwardsBronze Star[1]

Warren Bruce Rudman (May 18, 1930 – November 19, 2012) was an American attorney and Republican politician who served as United States Senator from New Hampshire between 1980 and 1993. He was known as a moderate centrist, to such an extent that President Clinton approached him in 1994 about replacing departing Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen in Clinton's cabinet, an offer that Rudman declined.[3]

After two terms in office, Rudman chose not to run for re-election in 1992. At the time of his death, he was a co-chair of Albright Stonebridge Group; a retired partner in the international law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; and an advisory board member of Promontory Financial Group. He previously sat on the board of directors of Raytheon, Collins & Aikman, Allied Waste, Boston Scientific and a number of funds in the Dreyfus Family of Funds.

Early life and education[edit]

Rudman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Theresa (née Levenson) and Edward G. Rudman.[4] His family were Jewish immigrants from Germany, Poland, and Russia.[5] Rudman lived his entire life in New Hampshire, with few exceptions. He attended the Valley Forge Military Academy boarding school in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He received his J.D. degree from Boston College Law School in 1960, and was appointed Attorney General of New Hampshire in 1970; serving in that capacity until 1976.[6]


From 2004 to 2006, Rudman led a team of attorneys that investigated accounting practices at Fannie Mae.

Prior to the September 11 attacks, Rudman had served on a now oft-cited national panel investigating the threat of international terrorism. He, along with fellow former Senator Gary Hart (D-CO), chaired the panel, and both Rudman and Hart have been lauded since September 11 for their prescient conclusions.

Rudman was an Advisory Board member and Co-Chair of the Partnership for a Secure America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to recreating the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy.

Rudman was one of the few Jewish politicians elected in New Hampshire. He spent his final years as a resident of Hollis, New Hampshire, a suburb of both Nashua and Boston.

He was the author of a memoir called Combat.

Senate career[edit]

Rudman on the Senate floor, 1986

Rudman defeated incumbent John Durkin in the 1980 election, riding the wave of Ronald Reagan's landslide victory. Durkin resigned and the Governor appointed Rudman to fill the vacancy in late December 1980.[6] Rudman served on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Ethics Committee. His best-known legislative effort was the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act.

A moderate Republican, Rudman was conservative on matters of fiscal and defense policy—favoring tax cuts, reduced domestic spending, and higher military spending, but liberal on social issues—supporting a woman's right to choose to have an abortion, gay rights, and opposing a constitutional amendment mandating voluntary school prayer.[7][8] Rudman, along with John H. Sununu, was a key player in the appointment of Rudman's personal friend, Supreme Court Justice David Souter, to both the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. The Wall Street Journal later editorialized about the appointment, saying: "Rudman, the man who helped put liberal jurist David Souter on the high court" and who in his "Yankee Republican liberalism" took "pride in recounting how he sold Mr. Souter to gullible White House chief of staff John Sununu as a confirmable conservative. Then they both sold the judge to President Bush, who wanted above all else to avoid a confirmation battle."[9] Rudman wrote in his memoir that he had "suspected all along" that Souter would not "overturn activist liberal precedents."[10] Sununu later said of Rudman, "In spite of it all, he's a good friend. But I've always known that he was more liberal than he liked the world to think he was."[10]

Post-Senate years[edit]

After leaving the Senate, Rudman continued to practice law and be an active member in national politics. Senator John McCain's asked Rudman to serve as his campaign chair during McCain's 2000 presidential campaign.[10] On January 8, 2001, he was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Clinton.[11]

He was twice considered as a possible vice presidential candidate on the ticket of two parties other than the GOP. In 1996, Ross Perot offered Rudman the slot to be his vice presidential running mate on the Reform Party ticket, but Rudman refused (as did former Democratic Senator David Boren of Oklahoma).[12] Perot eventually selected Pat Choate. In 2004, Rudman was mentioned as possible running mate for Democratic nominee John Kerry.[13] Kerry eventually selected John Edwards.

In 1999, a leaked report by the U.S. National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) stated that Carlos Hank González, a Mexican criminal, politician and influential businessman, and his two sons are so involved in drug trafficking and money laundering that they "pose a significant criminal threat to the United States."[14] After the report was disclosed, the Hank family mobilized to rebut the allegations, hiring high-profile lawyers including Rudman.[15] Rudman was an attorney with the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and represented Hank Gonzalez's oldest son, Carlos Hank Rhon.[16]

Rudman lobbied the government to disavow the report and in March 2000 Attorney General Janet Reno wrote a letter that said the report "was beyond the substantive expertise and area of responsibility of the NDIC.″ At Rudman's request, a copy of Reno's letter was sent to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan because of the Hank family's banking interests in the United States.[17][18] Carlos Hank Rhon was later fined $40 million to settle charges that he violated banking laws when he bought Laredo National Bancshares in Texas and failed to disclose the sale of a $20 million share in Laredo National to his father.[19]

He was a co-chair, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright[20] and former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger,[21] of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global business consulting and strategy firm based in Washington, D.C.

He died of cancer on November 19, 2012.[22] His death came only a month after his predecessor John Durkin had died.[23]

After his death, President Obama praised Rudman as an early advocate for fiscal responsibility.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Warren B. Rudman, Blunt Senator Who Led Budget Struggle, Dies at 82
  2. ^ 1991-1992 Official Congressional Directory
  3. ^ Duffy, Michael (December 19, 1994). "Getting Out the Wreckking Ball". Time Magazine. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
  4. ^ "Current Biography Yearbook". H. W. Wilson Company. 25 November 1990. Retrieved 25 November 2017 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Clymer, Adam (November 20, 2012). "Warren B. Rudman, New Hampshire Senator, Dies at 82". The New York Times.
  6. ^ a b "Rudman, Warren Bruce". United States Congress. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  7. ^ "Interview with Warren Rudman". www.emkinstitute.org. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  8. ^ "The Telegraph - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Chief Justice Souter?". Wall Street Journal. 2000-02-29.
  10. ^ a b c Tinsley E. Yarbrough (2005). "David Hackett Souter: Traditional Republican on the Rehnquist Court". Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195347906. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  11. ^ "The White House – Office of the Press Secretary". Archived from the original on 5 August 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Pat Choate". CNN and TIME – All Politics. Archived from the original on September 11, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2010.
  13. ^ Crowley, Michael (May 28, 2004). "Kerry's long shortlist for vice president". Slate Magazine. Archived from the original on May 8, 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2008.
  14. ^ "Washingtonpost.com: Prominent Mexican Family Viewed As Threat to U.S." www.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2021-11-17.
  15. ^ Oppel, Richard A. Jr. (2000-08-16). "Suit Filed Over Leak Of Report On Mexican". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-11-17.
  16. ^ Street Journal, Michael AllenStaff Reporter of The Wall (2000-04-11). "U.S. Disavows Report Claiming Mexico's Hank Family Is a Threat". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2021-11-17.
  17. ^ BRISCOE, DAVID (April 11, 2000). "Reno: US Had No Right in Case". The Associated Press. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  18. ^ "Special Reports - The Hank Family Of Mexico | Drug Wars | FRONTLINE | PBS". www.pbs.org. Retrieved 2021-11-17.
  19. ^ Weiner, Tim (2001-06-01). "Big U.S. Fine For Mexican In Bank Case". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-11-17.
  20. ^ Madeleine Albright, Albright Stonebridge Group
  21. ^ Sandy Berger, Albright Stonebridge Group
  22. ^ "Former US Sen. Warren Rudman dies at 82 : Stltoday". www.stltoday.com. Archived from the original on 23 November 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  23. ^ "John A. Durkin, Senator from New Hampshire, Dies at 76". The New York Times. Associated Press. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  24. ^ Clymer, Adam (20 November 2012). "Warren B. Rudman, Blunt Senator Who Led Budget Struggle, Dies at 82". New York Times. Retrieved 14 October 2014.

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