Joseph J. Kowalski

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The Honorable
Joseph J. Kowalski
58th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
Wayne County 1st District (January 1, 1949-December 31, 1954)
Wayne County 10th District (January 1, 1955-December 31, 1964)
In office
January 4, 1965 – December 31, 1966
Preceded by Allison Green
Succeeded by Robert E. Waldron
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 19th district
Wayne County 1st District (January 1, 1949-December 31, 1954)
Wayne County 10th District (January 1, 1955-December 31, 1964)
In office
January 1, 1965 – March 18, 1967
Personal details
Born (1911-02-19)February 19, 1911
East Chicago, Indiana
Died March 18, 1967(1967-03-18) (aged 56)
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Valparaiso University

Joseph J. Kowalski was a Democratic politician from Michigan who served as Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives. Involved in labor since 1936, Kowalski was elected to the House in 1948 representing part of Wayne County, and remained in the House

Kowalski entered labor in 1936 as an organizer in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He also served on the advisory committee on workers' education to the U. S. Secretary of Labor and in several other labor roles, including international representative of the UAW-CIO.[1]

After a defeat in 1946, Kowalski was elected to the House of Representatives in 1948. He was elected Speaker for the 73rd Legislature, the first Democratic speaker since 1938. During his tenure, the Legislature worked to implement the new state constitution which was adopted in 1964.[1]

Kowalski was an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention in both 1960 and 1964.[2]

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