On Monday, May 17th, former Governor Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer III died at the age of 77 after a long battle with diabetes. He was surrounded by his family. “Buddy” Roemer served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 until 1988, and governor of Louisiana from 1988 until 1992.
Current Governor John Bel Edwards has issued an executive order which states that “the flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana shall be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol and all state building from sunrise on May 17, 2021 through the day of his interment.”
This morning, Governor Edwards issued the following statement on the death of former Governor Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer III who served as Louisiana’s 52nd governor.
“From the fields of Scopena to the halls of Congress and then the Governor’s Mansion, Buddy Roemer proudly represented the state he so dearly loved. His astute intellect led him to enter Harvard at the young age of 16, but he still returned to Louisiana, driven by a desire to serve. I am especially grateful for the balanced, pragmatic approach he took as governor during a turbulent time for our state’s budget. I hope that we will all carry on his legacy by espousing his positive, passionate approach to public service. Donna and I ask that you join your prayers to ours in praying for Governor Roemer’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Governor Edwards has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Governor Roemer’s life and legacy on May 17, 2021, until the day of his interment.