H. John Heinz III

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H. John Heinz III
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
January 3, 1977 – April 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, 1971 – January 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, 1938 – April 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