Conservative activist, entrepreneur and Republican benefactor Jack Roeser passed away on Friday, aged 90. The sad news spread rapidly among conservatives both in and from Illinois. What was surprising, however, was not the fact that Roeser had passed away--at a ripe age, and after a recent illness--but the fact that he had been so active in politics right through his 80s, backing the Tea Party movement that other party elders had shunned.
When I ran for Congress in 2010, I had the opportunity to spend a day with Roeser at his company's factory in Carpentersville, Illinois. Jack showed me around the entire Otto Engineering facility, and he knew everything about the manufacturing process for the smallest and most specialized components, many of which are used by our nation's most sophisticated aviation platforms. Already in his late 80s, he showed no sign of slowing down.