H. John Heinz III

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H. John Heinz III
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United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
January 3, 1977 – April 4, 1991
Preceded by Hugh Scott
Succeeded by Harris Wofford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 18th district
In office
November 2, 1971 – January 3, 1977
Preceded by Robert Corbett
Succeeded by Doug Walgren
Personal details
Born Henry John Heinz III
(1938-10-23)October 23, 1938
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died April 4, 1991(1991-04-04) (aged 52)
Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Teresa Heinz
(1966-1991, his death)
Children H. John Heinz IV
Andre Heinz
Christopher Drake Heinz
Military service
Service/branch  United States Air Force (Reserves)
Years of service 1963-1969

Henry John Heinz III (October 23, 1938 – April 4, 1991) was an American politician from Pennsylvania. A Republican, Heinz served in the United States House of Representatives from 1971 to 1977 and in the United States Senate from 1977 until his death in 1991.[1]

Early life, education and early career[edit]

Henry John Heinz III was born to H. J. Heinz II, heir to the H. J. Heinz Company, and Joan Diehl in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 23, 1938. An only child, Heinz moved to San Francisco, California, with his mother and stepfather, U.S. Navy Captain C.C. "Monty" McCauley following his parents' divorce in 1942. Although he was raised and primarily resided in San Francisco throughout his childhood, Heinz often spent the summer months with his father in Pittsburgh.[2]

Heinz graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1956.[1] He then attended and graduated from Yale University in 1960, majoring in History, Arts and Letters, and subsequently graduated from Harvard Business School in 1963. It was during his years at Harvard, during summer break, that he met his future wife, Teresa Simões Ferreira, who attended the University of Geneva. Upon graduating from Harvard Business School in 1963, Heinz served in the United States Air Force Reserve and was on active duty during the same year.[2] He remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1969.[1]

Before entering politics, Heinz served as an assistant to Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Senator Hugh Scott and played an active role as assistant campaign manager during Scott's campaign for re-election. Heinz then worked in the financial and marketing division of the H. J. Heinz Company between 1965 to 1970, after which he became a professor of business at the Carnegie Mellon University's Graduate School of Industrial Administration.[2]

Political career[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

In 1971, Heinz entered politics after Representative Robert Corbett, who represented Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district died in office. After winning the Republican primary, Heinz won the special election on November 2, 1971 to fill the vacancy created by Corbett's death. Heinz was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972 and 1974.[1][2]

U.S. Senate[edit]

Heinz opted not to run for re-election to his seat in the House of Representatives, choosing instead to run for the open United States Senate seat representing Pennsylvania created by the retirement of incumbent Hugh Scott in 1976. Heinz won the election and was subsequently re-elected in 1982 and again in 1988.[2]

While a U.S. Senator, Heinz was a member of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, the Committee on Finance, the National Commission on Social Security Reform, the National Commission on Health Care Reform, the Northeast Coalition, and the Steel Caucus. He also served as chairman of the Subcommittee on International Finance and Monetary Policies, the Special Committee on Aging, and the Republican Conference Task Force on Job Training and Education.[2]

Death[edit]

On April 4, 1991, Heinz and six other people were killed when a Bell 412 helicopter and a Piper Aerostar with Heinz aboard collided in mid-air above Merion Elementary School in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania. All aboard both aircraft, as well as two children at the school, were killed.[3] The helicopter had been dispatched to investigate a problem with the landing gear of Heinz's plane. While moving in for a closer look, the helicopter collided with the plane, causing both aircraft to lose control and crash.[4] The subsequent NTSB investigation attributed the cause of the crash to poor judgment by the pilots of the two aircraft involved.[5]

Following a funeral at Heinz Chapel[6] and a Washington, D.C. memorial that was attended by President George H. W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle,[7] Senator Heinz was interred in the Heinz family mausoleum in Homewood Cemetery, located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] His widow, Teresa Heinz, later married Senator John Kerry.[8]

Heinz's long time friend, Sen. Wirth of Colorado, remarked: "He really believed he could make the world a better place, such a contrast to the jaded resignation of our time. He could send the Senate leadership up a wall faster than anyone I've seen." Heinz's son Andre said at the services: "Dad, I am so grateful for the time we had, and I miss you and I love you."[9]

Honors[edit]

The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum was renamed following his death. The 1,200 acre (4.9 km²) refuge includes the largest remaining freshwater tidal marsh in Pennsylvania, as well as other habitats that are home to a variety of plants and animals native to Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Several institutions bear his name, including:

Election history[edit]

1976 Republican primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican H. John Heinz, III 358,715 37.73
Republican Arlen Specter 332,513 34.98
Republican George Packard 160,379 16.87
Republican Others 99,074 10.43
U.S. Senate election results, 1976[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican H. John Heinz III 2,381,891 52.39
Democratic William J. Green, III 2,126,977 46.79
Constitution Andrew J. Watson 26,028 0.57
Socialist Workers Frederick W. Stanton 5,484 0.12
Labor Party Bernard Salera 3,637 0.08
Communist Party Frank Kinces 2,097 0.05
Pennsylvania United States Senate Election, 1982[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican H. John Heinz III (Incumbent) 2,136,418 59.28
Democratic Cyril Wecht 1,412,965 39.20
Libertarian Barbara I. Karkutt 19,244 0.53
Socialist Workers William H. Thomas 18,951 0.53
Consumer Liane Norman 16,530 0.46
Majority 723,453 20.08
Turnout 3,604,108
Republican hold Swing
Pennsylvania United States Senate Election, 1988[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican H. John Heinz III (Incumbent) 2,901,715 66.45
Democratic Joseph Vignola 1,416,764 32.45
Consumer Darcy Richardson 25,273 0.58
Libertarian Henry E. Haller II 11,822 0.27
Populist Samuel Cross 6,455 0.15
New Alliance Sam Blancato 4,569 0.11
Majority 1,484,951 34.00
Turnout 4,366,598
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "HEINZ, Henry John, III, (1938 - 1991)". Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Biography: In His Own Words". John Heinz and the Heinz Family. Senator John Heinz Regional History Center. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Berry, Lynn (5 April 1991). "Sen. Heinz killed in plane crash". Gettysburg Times. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Cushman, John H., Jr. (5 April 1991). "Senator Heinz and 6 Others Killed In Midair Crash Near Philadelphia". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Cushman, John H., Jr. (18 September 1991). "Poor Pilot Judgment Blamed For Crash That Killed Heinz". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Coverage of Heinz funeral set". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 10 April 1991. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bush, Quayle go to Heinz funeral". The Press-Courier. 13 April 1991. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "About John Kerry". Senator John Kerry. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  9. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LLgiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KrUFAAAAIBAJ&dq=masloff%20grateful&pg=2352%2C1755232
  10. ^ H.J. Heinz Campus — VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
  11. ^ "PA US Senate - R Primary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "PA US Senate". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "PA US Senate". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "PA US Senate". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Heinz, H. John, III. "Foreign Takeover of U.S. Banking – a Real Danger?" Journal of the Institute for Socioeconomic Studies 4 (Autumn 1979): 1–9
  • Heinz, John. U.S. Strategic Trade: An Export Control System for the 1990s. Boulder: Westview press, 1991.

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Corbett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district

1971–1977
Succeeded by
Doug Walgren
United States Senate
Preceded by
Hugh Scott
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Pennsylvania
1977–1991
Served alongside: Richard Schweiker and Arlen Specter
Succeeded by
Harris Wofford
Party political offices
Preceded by
Robert Packwood
Oregon
Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee
1979–1981
Succeeded by
Robert Packwood
Oregon
Preceded by
Richard Lugar
Indiana
Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee
1985–1987
Succeeded by
Rudy Boschwitz
Minnesota
Preceded by
Hugh Scott
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
(Class 1)

1976, 1982, 1988
Succeeded by
Dick Thornburgh
Political offices
Preceded by
Lawton Chiles
Florida
Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee
1981–1987
Succeeded by
John Melcher
Montana