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Robert A. Roe
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Robert A. Roe in 1991
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 8th district
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
Robert Aloysius Roe

(1924-02-28)February 28, 1924
Lyndhurst, 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 from November 4, 1969 to January 3, 1993.

Early life and education

Roe was born in Lyndhurst, New Jersey on February 28, 1924, and raised in Wayne, New Jersey. He graduated from Pompton Lakes High School and attended college at Oregon State University in Corvallis and Washington State University in Pullman.

Early career

During World War II, Roe served in the United States Army. Roe served as a committeeman of Wayne from 1955 to 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 to 1963, and as Freeholder Director in 1962 and 1963.

In 1963, he was appointed as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Conservation and Economic Development Department and served until his 1969 resignation. In 1969, Charles S. Joelson resigned from Congress.

Tenure in Congress

On November 4, Roe was elected as Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election.


He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1977 and 1981. In both races, Roe came in 2nd place for the nomination.


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.

Later life


In January 2008 a bill was passed to name Route 23 after the former Congressman. ..... 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.


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

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