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The Late H. John Heinz III

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The Late H. John Heinz III

Henry John Heinz III (October 23, 1938 – April 4, 1991) was an American politician from Pennsylvania. A Republican, Heinz served in the United States House of Representatives from 1971 to 1977 and in the United States Senate from 1977 until his death in 1991.

In 1971, Heinz entered politics after Representative Robert Corbett, who represented Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district died in office. After winning the Republican primary, Heinz won the special election on November 2, 1971 to fill the vacancy created by Corbett's death. Heinz was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972 and 1974.

Heinz opted not to run for re-election to his seat in the House of Representatives, choosing instead to run for the open United States Senate seat representing Pennsylvania created by the retirement of incumbent Hugh Scott in 1976. Heinz won the election and was subsequently re-elected in 1982 and again in 1988.

While a U.S. Senator, Heinz was a member of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, the Committee on Finance, the National Commission on Social Security Reform, the National Commission on Health Care Reform, the Northeast Coalition, and the Steel Caucus. He also served as chairman of the Subcommittee on International Finance and Monetary Policies, the Special Committee on Aging, and the Republican Conference Task Force on Job Training and Education.

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