Peter Sperry

The late Senator Bill Roth from Delaware was a workhorse not a showhorse. Few people remember him today but his legislative legacy includes:

1. The original IRA
2. The Senate side of the Kemp/Roth tax reform of 1981
3. The Government Performance and Results Act
4. Major IRS reform in the 90s, and
5. The Roth IRA

Each of these efforts brought major polciy improvements to government and any single one would have been a career capping accomplishment for most legislators. For Senator Roth, they were the natural biproduct of simply doing his job.