Former APSA President and Renowned Political Scientist, Professor Richard Fenno, Jr., Passes Away

Richard F. Fenno Jr., considered a giant among 20th-century scholars of American politics, is being remembered by colleagues, former students, and friends as a trailblazing political scientist whose 19 books on Congress and its members set a standard for the field.

Fenno, who last held the title of Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Rochester, died on April 21 at the age of 93 from complications associated with presumed COVID-19.

U.S. Representative, David E. Price, gives remarks via Twitter:

“I’m saddened to learn of University of Rochester political scientist Richard Fenno’s death at 93 from COVID 19 complications. Dick was the foremost student of Congress of our time, from influential studies of the appropriations committees to insightful accounts of members’ “home style,” how they relate to their constituencies. His example and encouragement were important to me as I began my academic career, and my respect for his wisdom and insight only increased as I became a member myself. Dick leaves a lasting legacy as a scholar of representative democracy and as a generous friend and mentor of generations of students and colleagues.” – Rep. David E. Price, U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 4th congressional district 

Professor Richard Fenno had a distinguished career as a teacher and scholar.  He was a leading authority on the United States Congress and published 16 books, several of which won national awards.  He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and was past president of the American Political Science Association (1984-1985).  His greatest professional achievement, however, was the success of his students who became teachers and scholars at many of the best universities and colleges in the country.