SCHWEIKER, Richard Schultz, (1926 - 2015)

Senate Years of Service: 1969-1981
Party: Republican

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

SCHWEIKER, Richard Schultz, a Representative and a Senator from Pennsylvania; born in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pa., June 1, 1926; graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Pennsylvania State University 1950; during the Second World War, enlisted in the United States Navy and served aboard an aircraft carrier 1944-1946; ten years of business experience as manufacturing and sales executive; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1961-January 3, 1969); was not a candidate for reelection in 1968, but was elected to the United States Senate in 1968; reelected in 1974 and served from January 3, 1969, to January 3, 1981; was not a candidate for reelection in 1980; Ronald Reagan’s designated vice-presidential running mate in 1976 presidential election; Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Cabinet of President Ronald W. Reagan 1981-1983; president, American Council of Life Insurance 1983-1994; was a resident of McLean, Va., until his death on July 31, 2015; interment in Central Schwenkfelder Garden of Memories, Montgomery County, Pa..


Schweiker, Richard. “Health Care: Making a Good System Better.” in A Changing America: Conservatives View of 80s from the United States Senate, edited by Paul Laxalt and Richard S. Williamson, pp. 103-31. South Bend, IN: Regnery/Gateway, 1980.