|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Michigan's 7th district
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
|Preceded by||Nick Smith|
|Succeeded by||Tim Walberg|
|Member of the Michigan Senate|
from the 24th district
20th district (1987–1994)
January 1, 1987 – December 31, 2002
|Preceded by||Harry A. DeMaso|
|Succeeded by||Patricia L. Birkholz|
|Mayor of Battle Creek|
|Born||November 15, 1937|
Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.
|Political party||Independent (2010–present)|
|Republican (before 2010)|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
John J. H. "Joe" Schwarz (born November 15, 1937), is an American physician and independent politician from Michigan, 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
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.
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.
In 2006, Schwarz voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment, 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.
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.
On June 16, 2014, Schwarz signed a brief in support of same-sex marriage.
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.
- 2006 Race for the U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District
- 2006 Race for the U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District – Republican Primary
- Tim Walberg (R), 53%
- Joe Schwarz (R) (inc.), 47%
- 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
- 2002 Race for Governor – Republican Primary
- Dick Posthumus (R), 81%
- Joe Schwarz (R), 19%
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- "UM Football Roster Search". bentley.umich.edu. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
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- Rep. Joe Schwarz Beaten in Mich. Primary FOX News August 9, 2006
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- "2011-12 MSMS Board of Directors". Michigan State Medical Society. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
- "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.
- "Board of Trustees » Olivet College".