Richard Schweiker, 89; served in President Reagan’s Cabinet

Publié le par David Henry

Richard Schweiker, 89; served in President Reagan’s Cabinet

NEW YORK — Richard Schweiker, the former senator who helped reveal the US intelligence community’s shortcomings in the investigation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, has died. He was 89.

Ronald Reagan (left) and his running mate in the 1976 presidential election, US Senator Richard Schweiker, during an appearance in Kansas City.

Ronald Reagan (left) and his running mate in the 1976 presidential election, US Senator Richard Schweiker, during an appearance in Kansas City.

He died Friday at Atlantic Care Regional Medical Center in Pomona, N.J., the Associated Press reported, citing his son, Richard Schweiker Jr.

Mr. Schweiker, who represented Pennsylvania for eight years in the House and 12 years in the Senate, became secretary of the Health and Human Services Department under President Ronald Reagan in 1981. A Republican with a moderate to liberal voting record, Mr. Schweiker was an anomaly in Reagan’s conservative administration and belonged to a party wing that no longer exists.

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