WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) honored the public service of Arkansas State Senator Stanley Russ in the Congressional Record, the official proceedings of Congress.
Russ led a life devoted to Arkansas and public service. He passed away on Friday.
Boozman submitted the following remarks to the Congressional Record:
Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to former Arkansas state Senator Stanley Russ of Conway, Arkansas.
Stanley Russ was born in Conway in 1930. He graduated from Conway High School in 1948 and went on to attend Arkansas Tech University and Arkansas State Teachers College, now the University of Central Arkansas, before earning a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Russ also served his country in multiple ways, including in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 where he completed Officer Candidate School. Later, he served as a company commander in the Arkansas National Guard. Russ was inducted into the U.S. Field Artillery OCS Hall of Fame at Fort Sill in 1995.
Sen. Russ served in the Arkansas Senate from 1975-2000. He was the president pro tem from 1995-1997 and served as the majority leader in 1997. During his time in public office, he was known as an advocate for public, private and higher education.
Russ was named one of the Ten Outstanding State Legislators in the United States by the Assembly of State Government Employees in 1981. Four years later, he was honored for Distinguished Service by the Municipal League of Arkansas.
He was elected into the Arkansas Tech University Hall of Distinction in 1994 and the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2000.
Stanley Russ was a beloved public servant who devoted his life to Arkansas. He was a leader who worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle and didn’t care who got the credit as long as the goal was accomplished. Stanley showed kindness and consideration to everyone who approached him. I sincerely appreciate his devotion to our state and its citizens.
He will be greatly missed by all. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.