HOYER STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF ROBERT BEAN

For Immediate Release:

May 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in memory of Hill staffer Robert Bean, a longtime and respected public servant, who passed away late last week:
 
“I am greatly saddened by the passing of Mr. Robert Bean who was my friend and colleague for many years.
 
“I was proud to call Bob Bean a good friend and close advisor.  Bob made a tremendous difference in Washington, D.C. and Maryland through both his public service and private life.  He touched an enormous number of people, and all who had the privilege to meet and know him were truly impressed by his kindness, dedication, and intelligence. Bob was taken from those who knew and loved him far too early in life, and I will cherish my fond memories of the time that we spent together.
 
“I knew Bob for many years before he served as the Democratic Staff Director for the House Administration Committee when I was the Ranking Democrat.  However, our time together at the Committee simply reinforced my respect for Bob’s work ethic and political knowledge.  He was someone you could rely on to get things done right and done fast.  For example, his work on the Help America Vote Act was key to successfully enacting that landmark election reform bill.
 
“Bob had a keen political sense and an extensive knowledge and understanding of how things work in Washington.  He also had an excellent ability to foster relationships and to build alliances all with an eye towards getting the job done.  Bob also was a willing mentor to many young people trying to get a start in the rough and tumble political world of Washington.
 
“From his years on Capitol Hill, Bob had many friends, both Democrat and Republican, including everyone from the Capitol elevator operators to former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin.  Bob was always quick with a smile and hello.
 
“Bob’s distinguished career spanned from Capitol Hill to the White House and back again.  He was the Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Office of Legislative Affairs and Public Liaison in the Department of the Treasury from 1995 to 1999 and before that he was the Deputy Sergeant at Arms in the United States Senate from 1991 to 1995.  Bob also served as the Assistant Secretary for the Majority in the United States Senate from 1986 to 1991 and was a Senior Staff Member in the Democratic Cloakroom of the United States Senate from 1979 to 1986.
 
“Bob graduated with a J.D. from Washington College of Law at the American University and with a B.B.A. from George Washington University.
 
“Most recently he had taken a position with the Jefferson Consulting Group and was a consultant to the U.S.-China Commission.
 
“I offer my sincere condolences to the Bean family.  I hope that the knowledge that Bob was loved and respected by all those who knew him will provide them some comfort in this time of deep sorrow.”

Funeral Arrangements Follow:
 
Visitation and viewing at Hunt Funeral Home in Waldorf on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
 
Mass at St. John Church in Clinton on Thursday at 1 p.m. and burial at Emmanuel Methodist in Baden
 
Condolence notes may be sent to the family at the following address:

Mrs. Louis Bean (Margaret)
7117 Westchester Drive
Camp Springs, MD 20748
 
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to:

Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Save the Bay
Philip Merrill Environmental Center
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403
www.cbf.org