Warren Bruce Rudman (born May 18, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts) was an American Senator from New Hampshire. He was elected as a Republican in 1980 and re-elected in 1986, and was known as a pragmatic centrist, to such an extent that President Clinton approached him in 1994 about replacing departing Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen in Clinton's cabinet, an offer that Rudman declined.
Rudman chose not to run for re-election in 1992. He is now a retired partner in the international law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He currently sits on the board of directors of Raytheon, Collins & Aikman, Allied Waste Corporation, Boston Scientific and a number of funds in the Dreyfus Family of Funds.
Prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks, Sen. Rudman had served on a now oft-cited and praised national panel investigating the threat of international terrorism. He, along with fellow former Senator Gary Hart (D-CO), chaired the panel, and both Rudman and Hart have been lauded since Sept. 11 for their prescient conclusions.
Senator Rudman is an Advisory Board member and Co-Chair of the Partnership for a Secure America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to recreating the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy.
Rudman is one of the few Jewish politicians elected in New Hampshire. He is currently a resident of Hollis, New Hampshire, a suburb of both Nashua and Boston (and one of New Hampshire's wealthiest communities).
Rudman, along with John H. Sununu, was a key factor in the appointment of Rudman's personal friend, Supreme Court Justice David Souter, to both the federal circuit and the Supreme Court. The Wall Street Journal later editorialized about the appointment, saying: "Mr. Rudman, the man who helped put liberal jurist David Souter on the high court" and who in his "Yankee Republican liberalism" took "pride in recounting how he sold Mr. Souter to gullible White House chief of staff John Sununu as a confirmable conservative. Then they both sold the judge to President Bush, who wanted above all else to avoid a confirmation battle." Rudman wrote in his memoir that he had "suspected all along" that Souter would not "overturn activist liberal precedents." Sununu later said, "In spite of it all, he's a good friend. But I've always known that he was more liberal than he liked the world to think he was."
Rudman did accept Senator John McCain's offer to serve as campaign chair in McCain's 2000 presidential campaign.