R. Budd Dwyer

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R. Budd Dwyer
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30th Treasurer of Pennsylvania
In office
January 20, 1981 – January 22, 1987
Preceded byRobert Casey
Succeeded byDavis Greene
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 50th district
In office
January 5, 1971 – January 20, 1981[1]
Preceded byJames Willard
Succeeded byRoy Wilt
ConstituencyParts of Mercer, Crawford, and Erie Counties[2]
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 6th district
In office
January 7, 1969 – November 30, 1970
Preceded byDistrict Created
Succeeded byHarrison Haskell
ConstituencyParts of Crawford County[3]
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the Crawford County district
In office
January 5, 1965 – November 30, 1968
Personal details
Born
Robert Budd Dwyer

(1939-11-21)November 21, 1939
Saint Charles, Missouri, U.S.
DiedJanuary 22, 1987(1987-01-22) (aged 47)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Joanne Dwyer (deceased)
RelationsRobert Malcolm Dwyer and Alice Mary Budd Dwyer (parents)(deceased); Ross Dwyer, Logan Seaburg (grandchildren)[4]
ChildrenRobert (Rob), Dyan (Dee Dee)
Alma materAllegheny College
ProfessionTeacher, politician

Robert Budd Dwyer (November 21, 1939 – January 22, 1987) was an American politician. He served from 1971 to 1981 as a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate representing the state's 50th district. He served as the 30th Treasurer of Pennsylvania from January 20, 1981 to January 22, 1987.

On January 22, 1987, Dwyer called a news conference in the Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg where he killed himself in front of the gathered reporters with a .357 caliber revolver.[5] Dwyer's suicide was also broadcast to a wide television audience across the state of Pennsylvania.

In the early 1980s, Pennsylvania discovered its state workers had overpaid federal taxes due to errors in state withholding. Many accounting firms competed for a multimillion-dollar contract to determine compensation to each employee.

In 1986, Dwyer was convicted of receiving a bribe from a California firm trying to gain the contract. Throughout his trial and after his conviction, he maintained that he was innocent of the charge and that he had been framed. Dwyer was scheduled to be sentenced on those charges on January 23, 1987, the day after his suicide.

References[change | change source]

  1. Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate - 1981–1981" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  2. Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "D"". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  3. Cox, Harold. "House Members "D"". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  4. Dwyer's wife's obituary
  5. Stevens, William K. (January 23, 1987). "Official calls in press and kills himself". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-11.

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