William J. Coyne
|William J. Coyne|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th district
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||William S. Moorhead|
|Succeeded by||Michael F. Doyle|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
January 5, 1971 – November 30, 1972
|Preceded by||Frank W. O'Brien|
|Succeeded by||James A. Romanelli|
|Born||William Joseph Coyne
August 24, 1936
|Died||November 3, 2013
|Alma mater||Robert Morris College|
Coyne was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1954, and received a B.S. in accounting from Robert Morris College. He served for two years in the United States Army before setting up a private accounting firm. From 1970 to 1972 he was member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and a member of the Pittsburgh City Council from 1974 to 1980.
Coyne was elected to Congress in 1980, succeeding 24-year incumbent William S. Moorhead in a district taking in most of Pittsburgh. He was reelected ten times, never facing serious opposition. He was a longtime member of the United States House Committee on Ways and Means
In 2002, Coyne's district was combined with the district of Mike Doyle, a somewhat more moderate Democrat. Although the new district contained more of Coyne's territory than Doyle's, Coyne retired to avoid the possibility of two Democratic incumbents facing each other in the primary elections.
Coyne died at the age of 77 on November 3, 2013, two months after falling and sustaining head injuries.
- Hopey, Don (November 3, 2013). "William Coyne, retired long-time congressman from Pittsburgh, dies - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Post-gazette.com. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
- "William J. Coyne Biography". www.house.gov/coyne. United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on August 17, 2002.
- "Pennsylvania's 14th Congressional District". www.house.gov/coyne. United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
- United States Congress. "William J. Coyne (id: C000846)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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