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Edward Joseph Derwinski

politician

Edward Joseph Derwinski, former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Founder, 1st chairman of the Republican Study Committee With infantry Army of the United States, 1945-1946. Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Polish Highlanders, Catholic War Vets, American Legion, Polish Legion American Vets (past state vice commander ), Polish Roman Catholic Union, Polish National Alliance, Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis.

Background

DERWINSKI, Edward was born on September 15, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Casimir Ignatius Derwinski and Sophia (née Zmijewski) Derwinski.

Education

Bachelor of Science in History, Loyola University, 1951.

Career

Member of Illinois Gen Assembly from District 24, 1957-1958, United States Congress from 4th District Illinois, 1959-1983, member of foreign affairs committee, post office committee, civil service committee. Counselor of the United States Department State, Washington, 1983-1987, under secretary for security assistance, science & technical, 1987-1989. Administrator VA, 1989.

Secretary of the United States Department for Veterans Affairs, 1989—1992. Delegate Republican National Convention, 1976, 1980. President Derwinski & Associates, since 1993.

Legislation consultant of Morrill & Associates, Chicago. Chairman of the executive committee United States Group to Interparliamentary Union, 1970-1972, 78-80.

Membership

Founder, 1st chairman Republican Study Committee With infantry Army of the United States, 1945-1946. Member Veterans of Foreign Wars, Polish Highlanders, Catholic War Vets, American Legion, Polish Legion American Vets (past state vice commander ), Polish Roman Catholic Union, Polish National Alliance, Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis.

Connections

Married Bonita L. Margalus. Children: Maureen Sue, Michael Stephen.

father:
Casimir Ignatius Derwinski

mother:
Sophia (Zmijewski) Derwinski

spouse:
Bonita L. Margalus

children:
Maureen Sue Derwinski

Michael Stephen Derwinski