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Richard S. Schweiker
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14th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
In office
January 22, 1981 – February 3, 1983
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Patricia R. Harris
Succeeded by Margaret M. Heckler
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Joseph S. Clark
Succeeded by Arlen Specter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 13th district
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1969
Preceded by John A. Lafore
Succeeded by Lawrence Coughlin
Personal details
Born
Richard Schultz Schweiker

(1926-06-01)June 1, 1926
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died July 31, 2015(2015-07-31) (aged 89)
Pomona, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Claire Coleman Schweiker
Relations Malcolm Alderfer Schweiker, Jr.
Sylvia Schweiker Strasburg
Children Malcolm 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)
Parents Malcolm Alderfer Schweiker, Sr.
Blanche Schultz Schweiker
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University
Profession Politician, businessman
Military service
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service 1944-1946
Battles/wars World 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.

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

In the 1976 election, then-former Governor Reagan picked Schweiker as his running mate. The pair lost the Republican primary to then-incumbent President Gerald Ford.

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




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