William S Broomfield

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William S Broomfield

April 28, 1922 - February 22, 2019

William S Broomfield Retired 18-term U.S. Congressman, William S. Broomfield of Kensington, Maryland and formerly of Birmingham, Michigan passed away at home on February 20, 2019.
He was born April 28, 1922, and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan and was the son of the late Dr. S.C. and Fern (Taylor) Broomfield.
He won his first election at age 26 for the Michigan House of Representatives by 80 votes. He ran for two more terms and was elected Speaker Pro Tem before his election to the Michigan State Senate in 1954. He left Lansing to run for U.S. Congress in 1956 representing Oakland County and continued to represent this district until his retirement in January 1993.
During his 36-year federal career, 32 years were spent serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the last 18 years as the Ranking Republican Member.
He brought extensive knowledge to many international and parliamentary conferences as well as Presidential commissions. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to the United Nations General Assembly in 1967, he was a delegate to SALT, NATO, UNESCO, and was a member of the joint House-Senate Committee on Iran-Contra. In 1974 he traveled to China as part of a delegation to meet with Chinese officials after diplomatic relations had been restored.
In 2001 he was honored when the Royal Oak Post Office was renamed for him, by an act of the U.S. Congress.
Although his work took him around the globe, he was happiest at home with his family. He leaves two devoted daughters, Nancy (Casey) Aiken of Potomac, Maryland; Barbara (Stephen) Shaffer of Bethesda, Maryland and formerly of Greensburg: and four grandchildren; Case (Carter) Aiken of Columbia, Maryland; Christina Aiken of Arlington, Virginia; Stephen (Christa) Shaffer III of Bethesda, Maryland; Lindsay (Andrew) Sheckells of Columbia, Maryland. He was married to his wife Jane for 62 years until her passing.
A memorial service will take place in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Broomfield Leadership Center at the Rochester Hills Museum would be appreciated. 1005 Van Hoosen Road Rochester Hills, Michigan 48306.
Published on March 6, 2019
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