Former Congressman Amo Houghton Has Died, At Age 93

March 5, 2020

From Congressman Tom Reed:
“The Reed and Houghton family relationship goes back generations – as my grandfather bounced Amo on his knee working for the Houghton family more than 90 years ago. However, our relationship with Amo goes even deeper than that. Amo was a classmate of my father and mother, but more importantly, Amo was my mentor and friend. Washington still has much to learn from his legacy. A legacy of common sense governing through respected bipartisan friendships and political civility. A legacy where our country comes first and our political party a distant second. Our nation has lost a true hero, and our hometown of Corning has lost a great ambassador. He will be missed by all.”

From Assemblyman Phil Palmesano:
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Houghton family for the loss of a great man who will be deeply missed. Amo’s contributions and imprint on our community, region, state and nation will be felt long beyond his years here. One of the things I learned from Amo and most admired about him is how hard he worked to encourage civility and collegiality in our politics. A lesson we can all learn from and practice in our daily lives. Thank you Amo for your service to our community and nation. May you rest in peace.”

From Senator Tom O’Mara:
“On behalf of the entire 58th Senate District, which encompasses the city of Corning that Amo Houghton called home and represented throughout his life, in so many ways and so capably, our condolences go out to the Houghton family. It was a privilege and a pleasure for my family and me to know Amo. What a difference he made for this region! His life and remarkable career in business and in public service was steadfastly defined by dedication, civility, compassion, great humor, and integrity. He absolutely set the standard for a commitment to the people and the workers of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. He was one of the great ones and will be missed.”

From Mayor John Buckley:
“Amo Houghton was a class act. A true gentleman who served the public with honesty and integrity throughout his life. He will be greatly missed.”