J. Edward Roush, 83; Congressman Lost to Quayle in 1976

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Former Rep. J. Edward Roush, 83, a Democrat defeated after 16 years in Congress by 29-year-old Dan Quayle in 1976, died Friday at a nursing home in Huntington, Ind. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

Roush, a 1942 graduate of Huntington College, served six years in the Army, then entered Indiana University School of Law.

He was elected to the Indiana state Legislature during his final year. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.

Roush later went into private law practice and was elected Huntington County prosecutor before winning his congressional seat.


After losing to Quayle, who went on to become a U.S. senator and vice president, Roush was appointed by then-President Carter to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Regional and Intergovernmental Operations.