John M. Zwach

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John M. Zwach, Sr.
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by Alec G. Olson
Succeeded by Richard Nolan
3rd Minnesota Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 1959 – January 1967
Preceded by Archie H. Miller
Succeeded by Stanley W. Holmquist
Minnesota State Senator
In office
Minnesota State Representative
In office
Personal details
Born February 8, 1907
Gales Township
Died November 11, 1990(1990-11-11) (aged 83)
Lucan, Minnesota
Political party Republican
Nonpartisan, Conservative Caucus
Spouse(s) Agnes
Children Marie, Ann, Barbara, John Jr. and Dennis
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Occupation School Principal

John Matthew Zwach Sr. (February 8, 1907 – November 11, 1990) was a United States Representative from Minnesota. He was born in Gales Township, Redwood County, Minnesota. He attended the public schools and graduated from Milroy High School in 1926. He then received a teaching certificate from Mankato State College (now Minnesota State University, Mankato) in 1927 and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1933. He worked as a school teacher and superintendent for fourteen years and was also an active farmer.

Zwach served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1934 to 1946. He was a member of the Minnesota Senate from 1946 to 1966 and was the majority leader from 1959 to 1966, leading the Conservative Caucus in the nonpartisan body. He was also a member of the Interim Agriculture Commission, 1955–1957.

He was elected as a Republican to the 90th, 91st, 92nd and 93rd congresses, (January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1975). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1974.

He was a resident of Lucan, Minnesota until his death on November 11, 1990. He was buried at St. Michael’s Cemetery. His daughter, Barbara Sykora, served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1995 to 2007.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alec G. Olson
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 6th congressional district
Succeeded by
Richard Nolan