“I’m sure my brother would have called him a profile in courage. I feel the same way.”

Senator Ted Kennedy


This uplifting memoir pays tribute to the inspiring legacy of Congressman Peter Rodino, and illuminates his passion for the brilliant vision of our Founding Fathers and the fifty-two words of the Preamble to the Constitution. For Peter Rodino, “We the People” was more than just the first few words of the Constitution, it was a way of life and a sacred duty.

Rising from his birth in a Newark, New Jersey tenement to Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rodino guided the country through its most serious constitutional crisis to what many have hailed as the Constitution’s finest hour — the 1974 Nixon impeachment inquiry and the ultimate resignation of the President, affirming the supremacy of the rule of law.

Widely acclaimed for his integrity and fairness then and throughout his long career as a champion of civil rights, immigration reform and public interest legislation, Congessman Rodino serves as a role model for all of us seeking to live a meaningful life and “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”


We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Read more about the Congressman here.


Joy Rodino

I was so inspired by Peter’s commitment to the principles of the Preamble that before his passing in 2005 I decided that I wanted to memorialize his passion for those principles that are so relevant to our lives today. I hope that my tribute to his legacy will inspire within you a commitment to share those blessings and “live a life that matters.”
— With best regards, Joy Rodino

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