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Joseph M. Gaydos

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 20th district
In office
1968 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Elmer J. Holland
Succeeded by Peter H. Kostmayer

Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 45th district
In office
January, 1967 – November 5, 1968[1]
Preceded by Leonard C. Staisey
Succeeded by Edward P. Zemprelli

Political party Democratic

Joseph Matthew Gaydos (born July 3, 1926) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Joe Gaydos was born in Braddock, Pennsylvania. His father was Slovak origin.[2] He attended Duquesne University and graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1951. He served during World War II in the Pacific theater with the United States Navy Reserve, 1944–1946. He served in the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1967 to 1968.[3] He has served as Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Assistant Solicitor of Allegheny County, and general counsel to United Mine Workers of America, district five.

He was elected simultaneously as a Democrat to the 90th and to the 91st Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Elmer J. Holland. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1992.


  1. ^ Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate - 1967-1968". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.  
  2. ^ Cultural Contributions of Americans with Roots in Slovakia. Public life
  3. ^ Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "G"". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.  


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