Born in Boston in 1930, Rudman moved to Nashua, N.H., during his childhood and later graduated from Syracuse University with his bachelor’s. He also served as a platoon leader and company commander during the Korean War, winning a Bronze Star.
After earning his law degree from Boston College, he worked as a private practice attorney and served a six-year term New Hampshire’s attorney general.
In his first election for Senate, Warren beat Gov. Wesley Powell and John Sununu in the primary in 1980, then defeated incumbent John A. Durkin, winning 52 percent of the vote. Rudman handily won re-election in 1986.
“Warren Rudman was a national leader who made New Hampshire proud,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said. “He was tenacious about reducing our debt, and he worked tirelessly to support our men and women in uniform. Warren was a fighter who had the courage of his convictions, and he always stood up for what he believed was right regardless of the consequences”
Rudman’s name was sometimes tossed around regarding presidential races. He turned down Reform Party nominee Ross Perot’s offer to serve as vice president in 1996. His name was also mentioned as Democratic Sen. John Kerry’s possible running mate. He accepted an offer to serve as GOP Sen. John McCain’s campaign chairman during the 2000 presidential elections.
“As a Senator, Warren worked with everyone, and was respected by everyone, both Republicans and Democrats,” McCain said in a statement. “He repeatedly reached across the aisle to address America’s greatest challenges.”