Gary A. Myers

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Gary A. Myers
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 25th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Frank M. Clark
Succeeded by Eugene Atkinson
Personal details
Born (1937-08-16) August 16, 1937 (age 77)
Toronto, Ohio
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Cincinnati
University of Pittsburgh

Gary Arthur Myers (born August 16, 1937) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Gary Myers was born in Toronto, Ohio, and grew up in Evans City, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1960, and received his M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964. He pursued a professional career in mechanical and industrial engineering as a steel mill turn foreman. He served in the United States Air Force Reserve from 1961 to 1968. He was an unsuccessful candidate in 1972 for election to Congress.

Election[edit]

One day after returning home from work at Armco Steal Co., he and his wife Elaine talked about running for congress. The chances of him winning were slim due to the fact that he had no political experiences, little money, and was running in a heavy democratic district but he was determined that the people of his district deserved a better choice.[1]

During the election of 1975 Gary A. Myers missed 51 of 2,801 roll call votes. He did better than the average median score of the time with a 1.8%. The median was an 8.0 percent.[2]

He was elected as a Republican to the 94th Congress in 1974, defeating incumbent Democratic Congressman Frank M. Clark, and re-elected to the 95th Congress from a very Democratic district. His victory in the Watergate year of 1974 over an incumbent Democrat was a huge upset.[citation needed] He shocked many when he was not a candidate for reelection in 1978[citation needed] and declared he wished to work again as a steel foreman.

In the Office[edit]

During his terms in the House of Representatives he worked and sponsored many different committees. He sponsored the House Post Office committee where he worked on amending title 39, to prohibit franked mailing by Members of Congress and certain officers of the United States, other than mailings related to the closing of their official business, after such Members or officers have left office. He also worked on the House Ways and Means where he pushed the Automobile Efficiency Tax Incentive Act. Another bill he sponsored was a bill to prohibit the Consumer Product Safety Commission from restricting the sale or manufacture of firearms or ammunition with the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce[3]

Resigning from Congress[edit]

During the last few months of his terms he was contemplating whether to run for office again. After he making up his mind and deciding to quite some co-workers came up to ask him if this was the right decision. His wife Elaine worried that he would disappoint and let down his supporters and uprooting their children Michele, 13 and Mark, 11. In the end it came down to not being with his children for the job of the congressman took to much of his time. He replied to everyone with "I'm more convinced than ever that iIm doing the right thing."[4] The Myers family moved back to their home in Butler. Few months later he was working back with Armco Steel Co., where he took a leave of absence for the years he was in Washington.[5]

References[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank M. Clark
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 25th congressional district

1975-1979
Succeeded by
Eugene Atkinson