Richard Schultz Schweiker ( born June 1, 1926 in Norristown, Pennsylvania ) is a former American politician ( Republican). After he was a deputy in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senator for Pennsylvania, he was under President Ronald Reagan Minister of Health of the United States.
During the Second World War he served aboard an aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. After his military service, he studied at the Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree and joined the Phi Beta Kappa movement.
He was also chairman of the American Olean Tile Company, a leading manufacturer of ceramic tiles.
Schweiker was elected in the 1960s in the U.S. House of Representatives and he owned until 1969. He was elected to the Senate in 1974, in an otherwise dominated by the Democrats year, confirmed 1968. During his two terms as senator for the state of Pennsylvania, he pushed for a 1974 law passed ultimately, with the government spending were increased for diabetes research.
From 1975-1976 Schweiker had chaired a subcommittee of the Church Committee, which dealt with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
When Ronald Reagan the incumbent Gerald Ford challenged the candidacy of the Republican Party ahead of the 1976 presidential election, he promised Schweiker to nominate him as a vice presidential candidate. This was an unusual action Reagan because he had not yet won the nomination for himself. Ultimately, Ford won the nomination with a wafer- thin majority, as vice presidential candidate he nominated Bob Dole.
Schweiker decided in 1980 not to run for a Senate seat. In 1981, he joined the cabinet as Minister of Health Reagan. He held until 1983 This post, his successor was Margaret Heckler. After his political career he was chairman of a lobbying and trade group for life insurance.
Richard Schweiker is married to Claire Coleman.