Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement on Senator Ronald Rice’s announced retirement from the State Senate:
“Senator Ronald Rice is a model public servant. As a veteran, a Newark Police Officer, a Newark City Council Member, and a State Senator, he has dedicated his life to public service and worked diligently on behalf of his constituents.
“During his 35 years in the legislature, Senator Rice has tirelessly worked to improve the lives of countless New Jerseyans, helping to uplift our communities and make our state a better place for all.
“Senator Rice was a deft legislator and long-time leader of the Legislative Black Caucus who fought ferociously for the causes he held near and dear to his heart—economic opportunity, a thorough and efficient education for all students and a criminal justice system that worked for all. Countless young people, many now adults from our urban centers, have much to be thankful for from Senator Rice’s staunch advocacy on their behalf.
“Always resolute in his convictions, Senator Rice was always a gentleman and statesman who respected our governmental institutions and traditions. I know for many legislators he was a mentor and friend.
“I thank Senator Rice for his many years of service and wish him well in retirement. His presence and steadfast commitment to the people of New Jersey will be greatly missed in the State House. On a personal note, I will miss him and fondly remember our spontaneous interactions and conversations.”