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Warren Rudman, former two-term U.S. senator from New Hampshire, dead at 82

  • Warren Rudman speaks at an editorial review board on Jnauary 18, 2002.<br/><br/>Ken Williams Photo

    Warren Rudman speaks at an editorial review board on Jnauary 18, 2002.

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  • From left: Tom Rath, David Souter and Warren Rudman talk in an undated photo.<br/><br/>

    From left: Tom Rath, David Souter and Warren Rudman talk in an undated photo.

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  • Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H., vice chairman of the Senate panel, gestures while addressing Lt. Col. Oliver North during session of the Iran-Contra hearings in Washington on Monday, July 13, 1987. Rudman told North that the American people dictate the policies which Congress carries out, and that’s why “this Congress has been fickle.” (AP Photo/Lana Harris)

    Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H., vice chairman of the Senate panel, gestures while addressing Lt. Col. Oliver North during session of the Iran-Contra hearings in Washington on Monday, July 13, 1987. Rudman told North that the American people dictate the policies which Congress carries out, and that’s why “this Congress has been fickle.” (AP Photo/Lana Harris) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H., ranking member of the committee the Senate will form next month to investigate the Iran-Contra connection, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill with other Republican members of the panel in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1986. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

    Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H., ranking member of the committee the Senate will form next month to investigate the Iran-Contra connection, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill with other Republican members of the panel in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1986. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Warren Rudman speaks at an editorial review board on Jnauary 18, 2002.<br/><br/>Ken Williams Photo
  • From left: Tom Rath, David Souter and Warren Rudman talk in an undated photo.<br/><br/>
  • Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H., vice chairman of the Senate panel, gestures while addressing Lt. Col. Oliver North during session of the Iran-Contra hearings in Washington on Monday, July 13, 1987. Rudman told North that the American people dictate the policies which Congress carries out, and that’s why “this Congress has been fickle.” (AP Photo/Lana Harris)
  • Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H., ranking member of the committee the Senate will form next month to investigate the Iran-Contra connection, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill with other Republican members of the panel in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1986. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Warren Rudman, a former New Hampshire attorney general who served two terms in the U.S. Senate, died last night. He was 82.

Rudman’s passing was confirmed this morning by Meg Stone, spokeswoman for the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.

Born in 1930, Rudman grew up in Nashua and attended Syracuse University. He served in the Korean War and was on the front lines, facing Chinese troops, when the armistice went into effect on July 27, 1953.

He later became a lawyer, served as attorney general and ran for the Senate in 1980, defeating Democrat John Durkin, who died earlier this year.

Rudman was a pugnacious moderate in the Senate, a pro-choice Republican who battled to tame the federal budget deficit and helped lead the congressional investigation of the Iran-Contra scandal.

He also helped put his friend and successor as attorney general, David Souter, on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rudman didn’t run for a third term in 1992. Splitting his time between Washington, D.C., and New Hampshire, he practiced law, chaired the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and, with former senator Gary Hart, co-chaired a commission that in early 2001 warned that terrorism would be a major threat to the United States in the coming years.

Stone didn’t immediately have information about services for Rudman.

For full coverage, see tomorrow’s Monitor.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

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