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John Matthew Zwach Sr. (February 8, 1907 – November 11, 1990) was a U.S. Representative from Minnesota.

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 byAlec G. Olson
Succeeded byRichard Nolan
3rd Minnesota Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 1959 – January 1967
Preceded byArchie H. Miller
Succeeded byStanley W. Holmquist
Minnesota State Senator
In office
1947–1967
Minnesota State Representative
In office
1935–1947
Personal details
BornFebruary 8, 1907
Gales Township
DiedNovember 11, 1990(1990-11-11) (aged 83)
Lucan, Minnesota
Political partyRepublican
Nonpartisan, Conservative Caucus
Spouse(s)Agnes
ChildrenMarie, Ann, Barbara, John Jr. and Dennis
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
Minnesota State University, Mankato
OccupationSchool Principal
Teacher

Zwach was born in Gales Township, Redwood County, Minnesota, the son of Austrian immigrants.[1] 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.

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "John M. Zwach (id: Z000016)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ "United States Census, 1910", FamilySearch, retrieved March 18, 2018
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alec G. Olson
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 6th congressional district
1967–1975
Succeeded by
Richard Nolan