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Robert A. Roe
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
November 4, 1969 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Charles S. Joelson
Succeeded by Herb Klein
Chair of the House Committee on Transportation

In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Glenn M. Anderson
Succeeded by Norman Mineta
Chair of the House Committee on Science and Technology

In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1991
Preceded by Don Fuqua
Succeeded by George Brown Jr.
Personal details
Born Robert Aloysius Roe
(1924-02-28)February 28, 1924
Wayne, New Jersey, U.S.
Died July 15, 2014(2014-07-15) (aged 90)
Green Pond, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Oregon State University
Washington State University

Robert Aloysius Roe (February 28, 1924 – July 15, 2014) was an American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives for over 23 years, serving from November 4, 1969 to January 3, 1993.


Roe was born in Wayne, New Jersey on February 28, 1924. He attended college at Oregon State University in Corvallis and Washington State University in Pullman. During World War II, Roe served in the United States Army. Roe served as a committeeman of Wayne from 1955–1956 and became the Mayor of Wayne Township in 1956, serving in that capacity until 1961. He also served on the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1959–1963, and as Freeholder Director in 1962 and 1963.[1]

In 1963, he was appointed as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Conservation and Economic Development Department and served until his 1969 resignation.[2] In 1969, Charles S. Joelson resigned from Congress. On November 4, Roe was elected as Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election.[1]

Roe had a mostly liberal voting record, but he was pro-life on abortion. During the 1980s, conservative radio talk show host Bob Grant often bitterly attacked Roe on his program.[citation needed]

He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1977 and 1981. Roe served as Chairman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (1987–1991) and the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, 1991–93. Roe retired after the 1992 election and later worked as a consultant.[1]

The former lawmaker was convicted of driving drunk when he crashed into a minivan in Rockaway Township, New Jersey in 1993, seriously injuring a woman and her 15-year-old daughter. In January 2008 a bill was passed to name Route 23 after the former Congressman. Mothers Against Drunk Driving protested the plan to name the highway after a man who seriously injured two people while driving drunk. A spokesman stated that Governor Jon Corzine did not know about the accident when he signed the bill and that a second bill would have to be passed by the New Jersey Legislature to overturn the naming. Roe himself then requested that lawmakers repeal the legislation.[3][4]


Roe died of congestive heart failure at his home in Green Pond, Rockaway Township, New Jersey at the age of 90 on July 15, 2014.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Fried, Joseph P. "Robert Roe, New Jersey Congressman Called ‘Mr. Jobs,’ Dies at 90", The New York Times, July 15, 2014. Accessed July 16, 2014. "Robert A. Roe, who as a congressman from New Jersey for 23 years played a key role in financing projects to expand the nation’s highway and mass transit systems and to combat water and ground pollution, died on Tuesday at his home in Green Pond, N.J."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jackson, Herb. "Former Rep. Robert Roe, longtime congressman from Passaic County, dies at age 90", The Record (Bergen County), July 15, 2014; accessed July 16, 2014. "Roe died at home in Rockaway Township of congestive heart failure, according to his godson, Assemblyman Scott Rumana, R Wayne."
  3. Lawrence Ragonese (February 14, 2008). "Ex-Rep. Roe requests repeal of Route 23 name change". Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
  4. Jennings, Rob. "MADD: Put brakes on plan to name road after ex-lawmaker who drove drunk - Former Rep. Robert A. Roe had crashed, seriously hurt two", Daily Record (Morristown), February 12, 2008; accessed February 12, 2008.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles S. Joelson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Herbert Klein
Political offices
Preceded by
Don Fuqua
Chairman of House Science Committee
Succeeded by
George Brown Jr.
Preceded by
Glenn M. Anderson
Chairman of House Transportation Committee
Succeeded by
Norman Mineta

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