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Douglas "Doug" Walgren (born December 28, 1940) is a former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Doug Walgren
Doug Walgren.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 18th district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1991
Preceded byJohn Heinz
Succeeded byRick Santorum
Personal details
Born (1940-12-28) December 28, 1940 (age 78)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materDartmouth College
Stanford University
ProfessionAttorney, Politician

Early lifeEdit

Walgren was born in Rochester, New York, and grew up in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1963, and received his LL.B. from Stanford University in 1966. While at Stanford, he roomed off-campus with Dr. K. Barry Sharpless, who went on to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in chemistry.

Legal workEdit

Walgren was staff attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1967 to 1968, and then he engaged in private practice in Pittsburgh from 1969 to 1972. He served as corporate counsel for Behavioral Research Laboratories, Inc. in Palo Alto, California, from 1973 to 1975.

Congressional careerEdit

He was elected in 1976 as a Democrat to the 95th and to the six succeeding Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1990. Walgren was defeated by Rick Santorum, who, four years later, was elected Pennsylvania's junior United States Senator.


  • United States Congress. "Doug Walgren (id: W000044)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Heinz
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Rick Santorum