Richard L. Roudebush, a former Republican congressman and head of Veterans Affairs, died Saturday at age 77.
Roudebush died of pneumonia at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, his family said.
Roudebush was elected to the U.S. House in 1960 and served five terms, representing Indiana. President Ford named him administrator of Veterans Affairs in 1974, a post he held until 1977.
In the House, Roudebush was assistant minority whip and a ranking member of the Space Committee. He remained active in veterans affairs after leaving Washington in 1977.