SCHWEIKER, Richard Schultz (1926-2015)

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..

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 15 audiotapes (1970-1979) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Gerald R. Ford Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid.

Pennsylvania State University Libraries
University Park, PA
Papers: 1960-1983. Ca. 50 cubic feet. Political papers from Senate career and as secretary of health and human services. Includes correspondence, clippings, press files, interview and press conference transcripts, voting record, campaign files, legislative files, and audiovisual material.
Television program. Interviewee on"Your Senator's Report," 1960-1967.


Ronald W. Reagan Library
Simi Valley, CA
Papers: 1981-1983. 2 cubic feet. Papers as secretary of health and human services. Includes testimonies before Congress, news conferences and news releases, list of accomplishments, speeches, and weekly reports of HHS activities. Closed.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Woodford McClellan papers, 1969-1978 (bulk 1972-1978).

  • Landes, Burton R. The Making of a Senator, 1974: A Biography of Richard S. Schweiker. Trappe, PA: Landes, 1976.
  • Schweiker, Richard. "Health Care: Making a Good System Better.'' In A Changing America: Conservatives View the '80s From the United States Senate, edited by Paul Laxalt and Richard S. Williamson, pp. 103-31. South Bend, IN: Regnery/Gateway, 1980.
  • Stafford, Robert T., Frank J. Horton, Richard S. Schweiker, Garner E. Shriver, and Charles W. Whalen, Jr. How to End the Draft: The Case for an All-Volunteer Army. Washington: National Press, 1967.