H. John Heinz III

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H. John Heinz III
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
January 3, 1977April 4, 1991
Preceded by Hugh D. Scott, Jr.
Succeeded by Harris Wofford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 18th district
In office
November 2, 1971January 3, 1977
Preceded by Robert J. Corbett
Succeeded by Doug Walgren
Personal details
Born October 23, 1938(1938-10-23)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died April 4, 1991(1991-04-04) (aged 52)
Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Teresa Heinz

Henry John Heinz III (October 23, 1938April 4, 1991) was an American politician from Pennsylvania and the great-grandson of the founder of H. J. Heinz Company. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1971 to 1977 and was a US senator from 1977-1991. He was killed in a plane crash in 1991.

Heinz married Teresa Simões-Ferreira on February 5, 1966 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The couple had three sons together: H. John Heinz IV, André, and Christopher.

A number of places are named after Heinz, including:

  • Senator H. John Heinz III Archives at the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries
  • H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management
  • H. John Heinz III Center For Science, Economics and The Environment
  • H. John Heinz III Center For the Performing Arts (Heinz Hall), home of the Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Senator John Heinz History Center