Joseph P. Vigorito

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Joseph Phillip Vigorito (November 10, 1918–February 5, 2003) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania.

Joe Vigorito was born in Niles, Ohio. He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945 and was awarded the Purple Heart. After serving in the military, he graduated in 1947 from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and received an MBA from the University of Denver in 1949. He was a member of the faculty at Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania, from 1949 to 1964.

In 1964, Vigorito was elected to Congress from a district based in Erie as part of the gigantic Democratic landslide of that year. He was reelected five more times before being defeated in 1976 by Mercer County Solicitor Marc L. Marks. After his time in Congress, he served on the faculty of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from 1977 through 1978. He tried to regain his seat in 1978, but was badly defeated by Marks. He died in Washington, D.C.

Vigorito was the only Democrat to represent the Erie area in the 20th century; after his loss, no Democrat represented it until Kathy Dahlkemper won it in 2008.


Preceded by
James D. Weaver
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 24th congressional district

Succeeded by
Marc L. Marks