Norman Sisisky (June 9, 1927 – March 29, 2001) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia from 1983 to 2001, representing the 4th District. He was a leader of the Blue Dog Coalition and one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress at the time.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Virginia's 4th district
January 3, 1983 – March 29, 2001
|Preceded by||Robert Daniel|
|Succeeded by||Randy Forbes|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from the 27th District|
|Preceded by||Clauder Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Robert Jones|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from the 30th District|
|Preceded by||W. Roy Smith|
|Succeeded by||Robert Ackerman|
|Born||June 9, 1927|
|Died||March 29, 2001 (aged 73)|
|Alma mater||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1945–1946|
Sisisky was born in Baltimore, Maryland but grew up in Richmond, Virginia. Upon graduating from high school, he served a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Navy. In 1946, he entered Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a business degree in 1949. Sisisky became a successful businessman, founding an independent bottling company in Petersburg that later became a part of Pepsi's Virginia operations. In 1973, Sisisky was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, serving for five terms.
In 1982, Sisisky was elected to Congress, defeating five-term incumbent Republican Robert Daniel. A fiscal disciplinarian, he aligned himself with the Democratic Party's Blue Dog coalition. He was a leading member of the Intelligence Committee and worked closely with the CIA.
Sisisky died of lung cancer while in office. A special election was held June 19, 2001 to fill his seat, and Republican State Senator Randy Forbes defeated Democratic State Senator Louise Lucas for the remainder of Sisisky's term.
- 1982; Sisisky was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 54.38% of the vote, defeating Republican Robert Daniel.
- 1984; Sisisky was re-elected unopposed.
- 1986; Sisisky was re-elected unopposed.
- 1988; Sisisky was re-elected unopposed.
- 1990; Sisisky was re-elected with 78.55% of the vote, defeating Independents Don L. Reynolds and Loretta F. Chandler.
- 1992; Sisisky was re-elected with 68.37% of the vote, defeating Republican Anthony J. Zevgolis.
- 1994; Sisisky was re-elected with 61.61% of the vote, defeating Republican A. George Sweet, III.
- 1996; Sisisky was re-elected with 78.61% of the vote, defeating Republican Zevgolis.
- 1998; Sisisky was re-elected unopposed.
- 2000; Sisisky was re-elected unopposed.
- United States Congress. "Norman Sisisky (id: S000453)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Robert Williams Daniel, Jr.
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district