Former La. Governor Buddy Roemer dies at 77

Former Louisiana Gov. Charles 'Buddy' Roemer holds a news conference Thursday, March 3, 2012 in...
Former Louisiana Gov. Charles 'Buddy' Roemer holds a news conference Thursday, March 3, 2012 in Baton Rouge, La., to announce that he is forming an exploratory committee for a 2012 White House bid, making him an official candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)(Gerald Herbert | AP)
Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 10:41 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE (WVUE) -Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer has died at the age of 77.

Roemer served as the 52nd Governor of Louisiana from 1988 to 1992.

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on the death of former Gov. Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer III.

“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.

Click here to read the executive order.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) released a statement saying” 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.”

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. also released a statement on Roemer’s passing.

“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.”

This story will be updated.

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