Sherwood Boehlert dead: Republican Representative passes away just days before 85th birthday, Senator Joe Griffo says

FORMER New York Representative Sherwood Boehlert has tragically passed away, Senator Joe Griffo confirmed.

A prominent voice on environmental policies, Boehlert died just days before his 85th birthday.

Senator Griffo said: “Today we mourn the loss of a remarkable individual.

"Sherry was a dedicated and accomplished public servant who had an extraordinary career and proudly served his community and constituents with honor and distinction."

Boehlert, 84, represented a large swath of central New York, serving 12 consecutive terms in Congress for the area for 24 years from 1983 until his retirement in 2007. 

Boehlert, a Utica-area Republican, was considered to be a member of the party's moderate wing.

He served as Chairman of the Science Committee from 2001 to 2006.

Boehlert became a prominent voice in the Republican party for the environment.

He was a significant contributor to the acid rain provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

Boehlert pushed continually to increase Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for light trucks and automobiles and was the lead GOP sponsor of numerous CAFE amendments.

Because of his work on the 1990 Clean Air Act and climate change issues, the National Journal dubbed Boehlert “The Green Hornet” for his efforts to protect the environment.

During his post-elective office career, Boehlert remained active in promoting environmental and scientific causes.

He served on the bipartisan Alliance for Climate Protection board chaired by former Vice President Al Gore.

No information was released on his cause of death.

Boehlert is survived by his wife Marianne Willey Phillips and four children – Tracy, Suk, Mark and Leslie.

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