Former Somerset County state Senator John “Jack’ H. Ewing Sr. died this week in Northfield, Vermont.
He was 93.
Mr. Ewing made his mark in education as a member of the state senate who served for 20 years, from 1977 to 1997.
“Senator Jack Ewing served the people of Somerset County with distinction for many years,” said Somerset County GOP Chairman Al Gaburo. “He was a fierce advocate for children and education issues. His quick smile and sage advice will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to the entire Ewing family at this difficult time.”
Senator Ewing took the place of former Senate President Raymond Batemen, who retired from the senate to run for governor. The late Sen. Walter Kavanaugh replaced Mr. Ewing in the seat when Mr. Ewing retired in 1997.
Mr. Ewing was remembered by colleagues as one of the last truly centrist and pragmatic Republicans in the upper house – sort of a Leonard Lance of his day.
State Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) succeeded Mr. Kavanaugh when he ran for the seat and won in 2007.
“I think I follow a very strong legacy left by Senator Ewing and Senator Kavanaugh,” Bateman told PolitickerNJ.com. “I was always honored to follow in their footsteps. I will miss Jack. He was a dedicated public public servant with incredible energy.”