Richard Schweiker

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Richard S. Schweiker
Secretary Richard Schweiker.jpg
14th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
In office
January 22, 1981 – February 3, 1983
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byPatricia R. Harris
Succeeded byMargaret M. Heckler
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1981
Preceded byJoseph S. Clark
Succeeded byArlen Specter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 13th district
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1969
Preceded byJohn A. Lafore
Succeeded byLawrence Coughlin
Personal details
BornRichard Schultz Schweiker
(1926-06-01)June 1, 1926
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedJuly 31, 2015(2015-07-31) (aged 89)
Pomona, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Claire Coleman Schweiker
RelationsMalcolm Alderfer Schweiker, Jr.
Sylvia Schweiker Strasburg
ChildrenMalcolm Coleman Schweiker (b. 1957)
Lari Lynne Schweiker (b. 1960)
Kyle Claire Schweiker (b. 1965)
Richard Schultz Schweiker, Jr. (b. 1967)
Lara Kristi Schweiker (b. 1969)
ParentsMalcolm Alderfer Schweiker, Sr.
Blanche Schultz Schweiker
Alma materPennsylvania State University
ProfessionPolitician, businessman
ReligionSchwenkfelder Church
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1944-1946
Battles/warsWorld War II

Richard Schultz Schweiker (June 1, 1926 – July 31, 2015) was an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, he served as the 14th U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1983.[1]

He previously served as a U.S. Representative (1961–1969) and a U.S. Senator (1969–1981) from Pennsylvania.

On July 31, 2015, Schweiker died from complications due to an infection at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona, New Jersey, aged 89.[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "SCHWEIKER, Richard Schultz, (1926 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. Cook, Bonnie (August 3, 2015). "Former senator, cabinet secretary, Richard Schweiker, 89, dies". Philly.com. Philadelphia. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  3. "Former Pennsylvania Sen. Richard Schweiker dies at 89". The Washington Post. August 3, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.

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