Politics & Government

Friends, colleagues remember former state senator Dick Roeding

Dick Roeding
Dick Roeding

Dick Roeding, who served in the Kentucky State Senate from 1991 to 2009, has died. The Northern Kentucky Tribune reported he died Friday night. He was 86.

Roeding, who was born in Covington, represented Boone, Gallatin, and a portion of Kenton County in the 11th District. During his time in the state senate, he served as President Pro Tem from 2000 to 2004 and Senate Republican Whip from 1995 to 1996.

After he announced plans to retire, the Senate adopted a resolution in honor of Roeding in 2008.

Roeding attended Xavier University and was a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Pharmacy. He was in Army in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954 and had careers as a pharmacist and a sales representative for Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Twitter called Roeding the epitome of a public servant.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement about Roeding’s death.

“(My wife) Elaine (Chao) and I were saddened to hear about the passing of our dear friend, Senator Dick Roeding. He was a respected legislator and one the great leaders of our party. I join the people of Kentucky in honoring Dick, and he will be missed. Elaine and I send our condolences and prayers to his wife, Nancy, and his family in their time of loss.”

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, said on social media, “‪Saddened about the loss of a good friend, great Kentucky Senator and even better statesman Sen. Dick Roeding. He paved the path for many.”

State senator John Schickel, who succeeded Roeding in representing the 11th district, was also saddened by his colleague’s death.

Roeding’s funeral arrangements were not immediately available.