WASHINGTON – A resolution honoring the late Pennsylvania Senator Richard Schweiker cleared the Senate late Wednesday, recognizing the passing a former congressman and Reagan cabinet secretary who grew up in Norristown.

The resolution, sponsored by Pennsylvania Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, was unanimously approved.

Schweiker, a Republican, served in the Navy during World War II and went on to represent Pennsylvania as a congressman and a two-term senator. He was later President Ronald Reagan's Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1981-1983.

Schweiker died July 31 of complications from an infection. He was 89.

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