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William Victor ROTH, Jr.

(1921-2003)
Senate Years of Service:
1971-2001
Party:
Republican

ROTH, William Victor, Jr., a Representative and a Senator from Delaware; born in Great Falls, Cascade County, Mont., July 22, 1921; attended the public schools of Helena, Mont.; graduated, University of Oregon 1943; graduated, Harvard Business School 1947; graduated, Harvard Law School 1949; admitted to the California bar in 1950 and the Delaware bar in 1958; served in the United States Army 1943-1946; elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth and Ninety-first Congresses and served from January 3, 1967, until his resignation December 31, 1970; was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives, but was elected in 1970 to the United States Senate for the term commencing January 3, 1971; subsequently appointed January 1, 1971, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John J. Williams for the term ending January 3, 1971; reelected in 1976, 1982, 1988 and 1994 and served from January 1, 1971, to January 3, 2001; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 2000; chairman, Committee on Governmental Affairs (One Hundred Fourth Congress [January 3, 1995-September 12, 1995]); Committee on Finance (One Hundred Fourth Congress through One Hundred Sixth Congress [September 12, 1995-January 3, 2001]); was a resident of Wilmington, Del, until his death on December 13, 2003.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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