Richard Schweiker

American politician (1926-2015)

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]

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
Richard 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
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Years of service1944-1946
Battles/warsWorld War II

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.[2][3]


  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". Philadelphia. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  3. "Former Pennsylvania Sen. Richard Schweiker dies at 89". The Washington Post. August 3, 2015. Archived from the original on August 4, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.

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