Governor Wolf Orders Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Life of Richard Schweiker

August 04, 2015

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol Complex and at all commonwealth facilities to fly at half-staff to honor former United States Senator and Secretary of Health and Human Services Richard Shultz Schweiker.

“Richard Schweiker served Pennsylvania with distinction and grace as a congressman, senator and United States Secretary of Health and Human Services,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, Frances and I extend our condolences to the friends and family of this great public servant.”

Schweiker, 89, of Norristown, had a long and storied career of public service, including his service in the United States Navy during World War II. He began his elected service to the country in 1960, representing Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district in Montgomery County. He served in the United States Senate from 1969 until 1981.

In 1981, Schweiker was sworn in as the 14th Secretary of Health and Human Services. He retired in 1983 after 22 years of public service.

State flags shall remain at half-staff until interment.


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