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Candelora Statement on the Passing of Robert M. Ward, Longest-Serving House Republican Leader

Posted on May 9, 2021


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HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora today released the following statement about the passing of Robert M. Ward, former 86th District state representative and a longtime House Republican Leader:

“Bob Ward was a true gentleman and the nicest person you could meet in politics, qualities not always seen in this business today. His impact on our state and the lives of the people in the towns he served is immeasurable, and his passion for introducing others to the value of community service continues to inspire me. Bob never gave up on what was important to him and his values, and that, combined with a wry sense of humor and keen sense of purpose, earned him broad respect during his tenure as the longest-serving House Republican Leader. Bob was not just a mentor, but a friend. I’ll miss him greatly. My thoughts are with Anita, and all of Bob’s family, children and grandchildren.”

In addition to his service in the General Assembly, Ward, of North Branford, served as Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner under Gov. M. Jodi Rell and later as a State Auditor with the Auditors of Public Accounts.