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Lobbyist Ed Wren passes away

Ed Wren (center) pictured with his sons, Chris (right) and Chip (left) at Chris' wedding in 2009. Wren died July 31 due to complications from heart surgery.

Ed Wren (center) pictured with his sons, Chris (right) and Chip (left) at Chris' wedding in 2009. Wren died July 31 due to complications from heart surgery.

Another blow struck the lobbying community July 31, when veteran lobbyist Ed Wren died because of complications from a heart surgery.

He had the surgery about two weeks ago; his condition deteriorated, according to his family. He was 68.

Wren had been lobbying at the capitol for about 25 years, according to a bio posted on the website of the Arizona Chiropractic Society, one of his clients.

His areas of expertise included health care, law enforcement and the hospitality industry.

Wren also represented University Physicians Health in Tucson, and the University Medical Center.
“He’s a wonderful, caring, honest and decent person in a field where those qualities are not always found,” said Alan Immerman, president and executive director of the Arizona Chiropractic Society.

Wren was active in and out of the capitol community.

He came to Phoenix more than three decades ago.

Since then, he had served on various boards, including the Central Arizona Health Systems Agency, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Association of Industries.

He was a founding member of the board of Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Wren had been working in the public affairs arena before starting his own lobbying firm in 1986.

He served as vice president of public affairs at Southwest Forest Industries. He joined Southwest in 1975 after a two-year stint at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, then the federal government’s largest agency, where he worked as deputy assistant secretary for legislation.

He was also one of four special aides to Donald Rumsfeld, who was counselor to the President in 1970 and 1971.

Prior to joining Rumsfeld, Wren served as legislative assistant to former Florida Republican Congressman Lou Frey, Jr.

Wren was a native of Syracuse, N.Y. and a graduate of Florida State University. He also took graduate courses at Stanford University.

The family plans a viewing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix, and a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Aug. 5 at the Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Ave., also in Phoenix.

The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.

The Capitol community has suffered other recent losses. Longtime policy advisor Ken Rozen and lobbyist Mitch Menlove also passed away last month.

7 comments

  1. Ed was a trusted friend and a caring and sensitive man. I don’t think most people know just how caring he was. He was from the old school and didn’t let policy differences get in the way of personal and professional friendships. The loss of Ed Wren with his institutional memory and knowledge of the process will be felt for a long time to come. Rest in peace my friend.

  2. Ed Wren was one of the most honest men of integrity I have know in my lifetime. My association with him was of a personal nature as I was fortunate to be included in the Wren Family circle for several years. Some of the most wonderful memories of inclusion into the Wren Family will stay with me for a lifetime.
    My sincere condolences go out to all the Wren children, Chip, Louisa,Beth, Allisan and Chris and all the grandchildren and most especially to Lisa Wren, a devoted wife and mother.

  3. Ed You will be missed my friend.

  4. Ed Wren was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and loyal people I have ever met. Above all of his accomplishments, which there are so many, the man was a selfless person who would go out of his way to help others. He certainly was capable, equiped with a keen intellect, as he demostrated at the capital regularly for decades. Above all else, Ed was my friend. Thank you for everything my dear friend, I will miss you very much. My deepest condolences to the Wren family and Karen.

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