Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer dies at 77

Former Governor Buddy Roemer died at the age of 77.

Posted: May 17, 2021 9:36 AM
Updated: May 17, 2021 11:49 AM

News 15 - Former  Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer died at the age of 77. Roemer serves as Governor od Louisiana from 1988 to 1992. He was the 52 governor of Louisiana. Reports state that Roemer had been ill.

Family Statement Regarding the Death of Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer III

Baton Rouge, La. – The following statement is from the Roemer family regarding the death of former governor and congressman Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer III. He was 77.

“Surrounded by family, Buddy peacefully passed away early this morning, following a recent illness.

Buddy was our loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, mentor and friend.

His charismatic presence captured the attention of audiences within moments, a talent he put to work battling corruption and waste in government, drawing attention to opportunities to improve our educational system, and building support for those in need.

Buddy positively impacted all who crossed his path by generously sharing his knowledge, resources, and time, regardless of station in life. His authenticity gave everyone a feeling of friendship and encouragement.

We are saddened by his passing but find comfort in knowing he is eternally rejoicing in the presence of our heavenly Father. We also celebrate the life he lived and the legacy he leaves behind.”

Funeral arrangement details will be released at a later date.

Gov. Edwards’ Statement on the Passing of Former Gov. Buddy Roemer

BATON ROUGE — This morning, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on the death of former Gov. Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer III who served as Louisiana’s 52nd governor from 1988-1992.

“From the fields of Scopena to the halls of Congress and then the Governor’s Mansion, Buddy Roemer proudly represented the state he so dearly loved. His astute intellect led him to enter Harvard at the young age of 16, but he still returned to Louisiana, driven by a desire to serve. I am especially grateful for the balanced, pragmatic approach he took as governor during a turbulent time for our state’s budget. I hope that we will all carry on his legacy by espousing his positive, passionate approach to public service. Donna and I ask that you join your prayers to ours in praying for Gov. Roemer’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Gov. Edwards has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Gov. Roemer’s life and legacy on May 17, 2021, the day of his interment.

Senator John Kennedy released the following statement upon the passing of Gov. Buddy Roemer:

“Louisiana weeps. Buddy was one of the most interesting people I have ever met. He was immeasurably talented. All he ever wanted to do was make Louisiana better, and he did. That meant making the right people mad, but he understood that. When I count my blessings, I count Buddy twice.

“More than anything, Buddy loved his family. Becky and I are honored to count his family and loved ones as our friends. We are so sad to lose this Louisiana warrior, and we are praying for everyone who was blessed to know and love him.”

Senator Bill Cassidy also released a statement:

“Buddy’s election as governor signaled a turning point in Louisiana’s history. He loved Louisiana, contributing to it through the public and private sector. He leaves a great legacy. My condolences to his family.”

LABI President and CEO Stephen Waguespack released the following statement on the passing of former Governor Buddy Roemer:

"Buddy Roemer dedicated his life’s work to building a better Louisiana and led the charge for reform in state government. His passion and hard work will endure through the decades, and his accomplishments in both politics and business stand as a testament to his legacy. The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization and all of LABI’s members are with his family during this time."

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