Joseph M. Gaydos

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Joseph M. Gaydos
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 20th district
In office
November 5, 1968 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Elmer Holland
Succeeded by Austin Murphy
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 45th district
In office
January 2, 1967 – November 5, 1968[1]
Preceded by Leonard Staisey
Succeeded by Edward Zemprelli
Personal details
Born (1926-07-03) July 3, 1926 (age 88)
Braddock, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic

Joseph Matthew Gaydos (born July 3, 1926) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Gaydos was the first Slovak American to serve in the United States Congress.[2]

Joe Gaydos was born in Braddock, Pennsylvania. His Hungarian father was born in Northern Hungary which today is Slovakia after it was annxed by Czechoslovakia following World War I and the Treaty of Trianon.[3] He attended Duquesne University and graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1951. He served during World War II in the Pacific theater with the United States Navy Reserve, 1944–1946. He served in the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1967 to 1968.[4] He has served as Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Assistant Solicitor of Allegheny County, and general counsel to United Mine Workers of America, district five.

He was elected simultaneously as a Democrat to the 90th and to the 91st Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Elmer Holland. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1992.