Stolberg, Former Speaker, Dies

Former Speaker of the House Irving J. Stolberg has died at 72. Article here.

Stolberg was Speaker during the late 1980s.

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3 responses to “Stolberg, Former Speaker, Dies

  1. I am deeply saddened to hear this. Irv was a great guy and a good friend. Paz’s article captures but a little of the fire that Irv carried within him.

    I recognize that Irv’s politics was much more liberal than that of many of the people on this list, but I think we all must admire how strongly he felt and fought for what he believed was right.

    We would be all better off if more people, Democrats and Republicans alike fought as hard as Irv did for what they believe.

  2. Brian Flaherty

    My first vote as a freshman Republican in 1989 was essentially to depose Irv Stolberg as Speaker. That was a day that left an indelible mark on the General Assembly as an institution and everyone who was there.

    I have black and white photo taken from the House Gallery at the moment the Clerk announced the vote that Richard Balducci was our new Speaker. You can count the votes by the expressions on peoples’ faces. Another poignant detail in the lower left corner of the photo captures the words–soon to be taken down–on the vote tally board”Mr. Speaker Stolberg.”

    I’d never have expected on that day 20 years ago that over time he would extend himself to me as a friend, and that he’d later be dragging me into the race for a leadership post in the National Conference of State Legislatures. “You’re a perfect fit,” he told me. “Do you really think so?” I asked, taken aback at his enthusiasm. Without missing a beat, he said, “Absolutely. There’s an open a slot for a Northeast Republican, and they’re desperate. Hurry up and get in there before somebody else does.”

    All that is being said about Irv Stolberg making the General Assembly a co-equal branch of government with the executive and judicial are true. He was a study in the strengths and weaknesses in politics and politicians. He rose to power, wielded it with abandon, had it stripped away, dusted himself off, and moved forward. Politics can use more people with his passion, devotion, and humanity. I will miss him.

  3. All that is being said about Irv Stolberg making the General Assembly a co-equal branch of government with the executive and judicial are true. He was a study in the strengths and weaknesses in politics and politicians. He rose to power, wielded it with abandon, had it stripped away, dusted himself off, and moved forward. Politics can use more people with his passion, devotion, and humanity. I will miss him.

    I just hung up from a call with Joe Markley; he spoke well of Stolberg as well.

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