Ralston said he had known Egan since the 1960s and considered him a friend and mentor “for many, many years.”
In his role as House minority leader, Egan “knew a little about tough fights and long odds,” the speaker said.
Republicans, who now dominate the 180-member House and 56-member Senate had a caucus of 22 in the House in those days, Ralston said.
What Egan lacked in troop strength, he more than made up with in smarts, craftiness and morale courage, Ralston said.
“It was a great thrill to service with him,” he said. “Mike was a leader of great courage and integrity.”