Robert A. Roe
Robert Aloysius Roe (February 28, 1924 – July 15, 2014) was an American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives for over 23 years, serving from November 4, 1969 to January 3, 1993.
Robert A. Roe
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New Jersey's 8th district
November 4, 1969 – January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||Charles S. Joelson|
|Succeeded by||Herb Klein|
|Chair of the House Committee on Transportation|
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||Glenn M. Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Norman Mineta|
|Chair of the House Committee on Science and Technology|
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1991
|Preceded by||Don Fuqua|
|Succeeded by||George Brown Jr.|
Robert Aloysius Roe
February 28, 1924
Wayne, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||July 15, 2014 (aged 90)|
Green Pond, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Oregon State University |
Washington State University
Roe was born in Wayne, New Jersey on February 28, 1924. He attended college at Oregon State University in Corvallis and Washington State University in Pullman. During World War II, Roe served in the United States Army. Roe served as a committeeman of Wayne from 1955–1956 and became the Mayor of Wayne Township in 1956, serving in that capacity until 1961. He also served on the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1959–1963, and as Freeholder Director in 1962 and 1963.
In 1963, he was appointed as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Conservation and Economic Development Department and served until his 1969 resignation. In 1969, Charles S. Joelson resigned from Congress. On November 4, Roe was elected as Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election.
He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1977 and 1981. Roe served as Chairman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (1987–1991) and the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, 1991–93. Roe retired after the 1992 election and later worked as a consultant.
The former lawmaker was convicted of driving drunk when he crashed into a minivan in Rockaway Township, New Jersey in 1993, seriously injuring a woman and her 15-year-old daughter. In January 2008 a bill was passed to name Route 23 after the former Congressman. Mothers Against Drunk Driving protested the plan to name the highway after a man who seriously injured two people while driving drunk. A spokesman stated that Governor Jon Corzine did not know about the accident when he signed the bill and that a second bill would have to be passed by the New Jersey Legislature to overturn the naming. Roe himself then requested that lawmakers repeal the legislation.
- Fried, Joseph P. "Robert Roe, New Jersey Congressman Called ‘Mr. Jobs,’ Dies at 90", The New York Times, July 15, 2014. Accessed July 16, 2014. "Robert A. Roe, who as a congressman from New Jersey for 23 years played a key role in financing projects to expand the nation’s highway and mass transit systems and to combat water and ground pollution, died on Tuesday at his home in Green Pond, N.J."
- Jackson, Herb. "Former Rep. Robert Roe, longtime congressman from Passaic County, dies at age 90", The Record (Bergen County), July 15, 2014; accessed July 16, 2014. "Roe died at home in Rockaway Township of congestive heart failure, according to his godson, Assemblyman Scott Rumana, R Wayne."
- Lawrence Ragonese (February 14, 2008). "Ex-Rep. Roe requests repeal of Route 23 name change". NJ.com. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
- Jennings, Rob. "MADD: Put brakes on plan to name road after ex-lawmaker who drove drunk - Former Rep. Robert A. Roe had crashed, seriously hurt two", Daily Record (Morristown), February 12, 2008; accessed February 12, 2008.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Charles S. Joelson
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 8th congressional district
| Chairman of House Science Committee
George Brown Jr.
Glenn M. Anderson
| Chairman of House Transportation Committee