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Richard Schultz SCHWEIKER

(1926- )
Senate Years of Service:
1969-1981
Party:
Republican

SCHWEIKER, Richard Schultz, a Representative and a Senator from Pennsylvania; born in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pa., June 1, 1926; graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Pennsylvania State University 1950; during the Second World War, enlisted in the United States Navy and served aboard an aircraft carrier 1944-1946; ten years of business experience as manufacturing and sales executive; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1961-January 3, 1969); was not a candidate for reelection in 1968, but was elected to the United States Senate in 1968; reelected in 1974 and served from January 3, 1969, to January 3, 1981; was not a candidate for reelection in 1980; Ronald Reagan’s designated vice-presidential running mate in 1976 presidential election; Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Cabinet of President Ronald W. Reagan 1981-1983; president, American Council of Life Insurance 1983-1994; is a resident of McLean, Virginia.

Bibliography

Schweiker, Richard. “Health Care: Making a Good System Better.” in A Changing America: Conservatives View of 80s from the United States Senate, edited by Paul Laxalt and Richard S. Williamson, pp. 103-31. South Bend, IN: Regnery/Gateway, 1980.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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