Joe Roach, Former Council Member, Dies at 49

Joe Roach
Joe Roach, the former Houston city councilman known as much for his dwarfism as being a politician, lawyer and TV analyst, has died after a brief illness, KTRK is reporting.

The station says Roach, 49, had been hospitalized for a month with an undisclosed illness.

He had been a city council member from 1994-2000 and had been a prosecutor before that.

He is survived by his wife and three kids.

Mayor Annise Parker issued a statement:

My heart goes out to Joe Roach's wife, Becky, his children and the rest of the Roach family. Joe was a friend and colleague. We served together on City Council, but I also knew him when he was chief prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney's office. We both have adopted children, which provided another reason for us to bond. He was an energetic, dynamic man who took his responsibilities very seriously and served as a role model for a segment of our population that often experiences discrimination. His passing came far too early in life. He will be dearly missed.

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T. Hobbs
T. Hobbs

My deepest sympathy to the family of Joe Roach. And God does not measure the height of a man but his heart and his desires to serve. Mr. Roach had a heart the size of Texas and that's the legacy he leaves for his family. May the peace of God and your memories of your loved one comfort you in your time of grief. Your family will be in my prayers.

T. Hobbs


I always heard what a nice person he was. His family is in our prayers.

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