Former U.S. Congressman Bill Broomfield Dies at Age 96

Broomfield Center for Leadership at Rochester Hills Museum Lives On

The three men hold a large check for $100,000 made out to the city of Rochester Hills

Pat McKay, Bill Broomfield, and Bryan Barnett

Former Congressman Bill Broomfield passed away on Wednesday evening, February 20, in suburban Washington. A well-known and dedicated public servant, he served in the Michigan State House of Representatives and Senate for seven years and then as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives for 36 years. As Congressman, he held an important role as a ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee during the Cold War. He was 96.

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett said, “I feel fortunate to have shared time with the Congressman, to hear his stories and learn from his experience. He served during challenging times in our history, including during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s, the Solidarity Movement in Poland, and the dismantling of the Berlin Wall.”

The four pose for a photo, all in formal attire

The Reagans and the Broomfields

His family had deep roots in Oakland County as one of the original settlers of Stoney Creek Village. “The Broomfield Center for Leadership was established at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm in his honor,” said Barnett.  The Center consists of lectures, seminars, and programs covering a broad range of topics from politics, philanthropy, history, and more.

“We’re grateful to his Foundation for their meaningful and lasting commitment to our community through this Center,” said Barnett.

“On behalf of the City of Rochester Hills, we commend and remember his years of public service and offer condolences to his family,” Mayor Barnett concluded.

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