Joe Schwarz

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Joe Schwarz
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 7th district
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byNick Smith
Succeeded byTim Walberg
Member of the Michigan Senate
In office
January 1, 1987 – December 31, 2002
Preceded byHarry A. DeMaso
Succeeded byPatricia L. Birkholz
Constituency20th district (1987–1994)
24th district (1995–2002)
Mayor of Battle Creek
In office
Personal details
Born (1937-11-15) November 15, 1937 (age 85)
Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyIndependent (2010–present)
Other political
Republican (before 2010)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
  • Politician
  • physician

John J. H. "Joe" Schwarz (born November 15, 1937), is an American physician and independent politician from Michigan,[1] who was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004 as a moderate Republican. He represented Michigan's 7th congressional district from January 2005 to January 2007.

Early life and career[edit]

Schwarz was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, after his family moved there in 1935 so his father could work as a physician in the Veterans Administration Hospital. He has two older siblings, Frank and Janet. He attended Fremont Elementary School, W.K. Kellogg Junior High School, and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. He played on the baseball, swimming and football teams at B.C. Central. In 1959, he received a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he played on the 1956 reserve football team as a center.[2]

He returned, with his new family, to Battle Creek in 1974, and has been a practicing physician in Battle Creek since that time. He currently sees patients at the Family Health Center in Battle Creek, a federally qualified health center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His first wife, Anne, died in 1990, and he is divorced from his second wife. He has one daughter from his first marriage.[3]

Political career[edit]

In 2006, Schwarz voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment,[4] which would have banned every state from legally recognizing same-sex marriage. Schwarz is considered to be a moderate Republican who supports abortion rights and favors embryonic stem cell research.[5]

Post-congressional life[edit]

On the state level, Schwarz was appointed to Gov. Jennifer Granholm's Emergency Financial Advisory Panel, led by former Michigan governors Milliken (R) and Blanchard (D). On the national level, Schwarz was appointed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to serve on the independent panel to investigate the conditions at Walter Reed Army Hospital in suburban Washington, DC. Schwarz was reappointed to the Altarum Institute Board of Trustees, a position he held prior to his congressional service, in February 2007. Altarum Institute is a nonprofit health policy research institute based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He also accepted a teaching position at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, which began in fall 2007.[6]

In 2010, Schwarz considered running for governor of Michigan as an independent in that year's election. However, on June 2, 2010, he announced he would not run due to fundraising issues.[1]

As of 2012, Schwarz is a member of the Michigan State Medical Society's board of directors.[7]

On June 16, 2014, Schwarz signed a brief in support of same-sex marriage.[8]

Schwarz currently[when?] serves as a trustee for Olivet College. Schwarz also served as campaign chair for the college's previous capital campaign during 2007-2009 academic years for Olivet College.[9]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2006 Race for the U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District
    • Tim Walberg (R), 50%
    • Sharon Renier (D), 46%
    • David Horn (UST), 1%
    • Robert Hutchinson (L), 2%
    • Joe Schwarz, 1% (Write-in candidate)
  • 2006 Race for the U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District – Republican Primary
  • 2004 Race for the U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District
    • Joe Schwarz (R), 58%
    • Sharon Renier (D), 36%
  • 2004 Race for the U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District – Republican Primary
    • Joe Schwarz (R), 28%
    • Brad Smith (R), 22%
    • Tim Walberg (R), 18%
    • Clark Bisbee (R), 14%
    • Gene DeRossett (R), 11%
    • Paul DeWeese (R), 7%
  • 2002 Race for Governor – Republican Primary


  1. ^ a b "Independent Joe Schwarz drops bid for governor". The Morning Sun. Associated Press. June 5, 2010. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  2. ^ "UM Football Roster Search". Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "Joe J.H. Schwarz (R)", > Politics > Elections 2004
  4. ^ "Joe Schwarz on the Issues".
  5. ^ Rep. Joe Schwarz Beaten in Mich. Primary FOX News August 9, 2006
  6. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "2011-12 MSMS Board of Directors". Michigan State Medical Society. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  8. ^ "Some Republicans backing gay marriage in Michigan". My Fox Detroit. June 17, 2014. Archived from the original on July 3, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
  9. ^ "Board of Trustees » Olivet College".

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
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Preceded byas Former US Representative Order of precedence of the United States
as Former US Representative
Succeeded byas Former US Representative