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Richard Schweiker (1981–1983) - Secretary of Health and Human Services

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Richard Schultz Schweiker was born on June 1, 1926, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A. at Pennsylvania State University, becoming Phi Beta Kappa in the process. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969, serving on the House Armed Services Committee and the Government Operations Committee.

His career continued in the U.S. Senate (1969-1981), where he became the ranking Republican on the Labor Committee, the Human Resources Committee, the Health sub-Committee and the Labor-HEW sub-Committee. During the early years of the Reagan administration, Schweiker was secretary of health and human services (1981-1983).

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Consulting Editor

Lou Cannon

Mr. Cannon is the author of nine books, five of them on Ronald Reagan, and has been called Reagan’s definitive biographer. As a journalist, he covered the Reagan presidency for The Washington Post and the Reagan governorship of California for the San Jose Mercury-News. His books on Reagan include:

Reagan’s Disciple: George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy (Co-authored with Carl M. Cannon, PublicAffairs, 2008)

Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power (PublicAffairs, 2003)

Ronald Reagan: The Presidential Portfolio (PublicAffairs, 2001)

President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime (Simon and Schuster 1991, PublicAffairs, 2000)

Reagan (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1982)