Former Congressman Vern Ehlers who served for more than 16 years has died at 83. Ehlers served as the Grand Rapid’s area third district as a republican representative from Dec 1993 to Jan 2011.
He was a nuclear Physicist and former Calvin College professor before his tenure in national politics. Ehlers has served in Kent country board of commissioners for four terms and 10 years in the Michigan legislation.
Ehlers was one of the well respected among his political colleagues and was offered an synopsis of his political ideology at the time of his retirement in 2010. Ehlers was known for his work ethics, temperament and for working bipartisan fashion.
Ehlers was a moderate republican, in 2006 his votes split 50-50 between liberal and conservative, while he was even leave his party on environmental and government spending issues. He was the only one who voted to raise fuel economy standards for automobiles in 2001 and 2006.
His spokesman said that he died Tuesday.
“The most important thing to me is that people realize I tried my very best to be a best person, honest with my colleagues and my constituents, and I was a decent person, a person of integrity, who worked my hardest for them”, said Ehlers.
“some people stay too long, I wanted to go out while I am still a strong leader playing a valuable role, not forced out by health or age, I have no regrets as I have accomplished at a lot in both state legislature and in congress”, said ehlers at an occasion.
Many politicians has talked about his legacy after learning about his death.
“The passing of Vern is a true loss to Michigan”, said Gov Rick.
U.S Rep Fred Upton has said, “They don’t make them like Vern anymore, he was so well respected on both sides of aisle, hard working and always a teacher at heart”.
Several leaders have tweeted about him, Funeral services are 3 p.m, at Thursday Aug 24.