- Roman Pucinski
Roman Conrad Pucinski (
May 13, 1919– September 25, 2002) was an American congressman.
Buffalo, New York, Pucinski attended Northwestern University, John Marshall Law School(Chicago), fought in World War II in the Air Force, and after working in journalism for many years, notably at the Chicago Sun-Times, he became a politician.
Pucinski served six terms in the
United States House of Representatives, from January 3, 1959to January 3, 1973, as a Democrat from Illinois. After his district was chopped up in the redistricting following the 1970 CensusPucinski ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic Nominee for the United States Senateagainst incumbent Senator Charles H. Percy.
Pucinski later became a
Chicago Alderman. Elected from the primarily ethnic white 41st ward on the Northwest Side of Chicago from 1973-1991, Pucinski made an unsuccessful mayoral bid in the 1977 special election that followed the death of Richard J. Daley. While Pucinski had been a Daley loyalist, his run was a maverick bid since the machine had slated Michael Bilandicas Daley's successor. Pucinski sided with the Vrdolyak 29 during Council Warsduring the administration of Harold Washingtonin the 1980s. He also introduced various pieces of legislation, including a resolution that would force an employee vote on Employee Stock Ownership Plans in 1987. In 1984, he supported a redistribution of Community Development Block Grantfunds that would have given him 1.3 million dollars to repave streets in his ward. While in congress, he made two important contributions:1. To get black boxes installed on all airlines.2. He was instrumental in founding the American system of community colleges, where everyone had access to receiving education; especially in obtaining marketable skills.
Aurelia Pucinskifollowed him into politics. He died in Chicago, Illinoisin 2002
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