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Norman Sisisky

(1927 - 2001)


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Norman Sisisky was a Jewish American politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sisiky (born June 9, 1927; died March 29, 2001) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but grew up in Richmond, Virginia, during the Great Depression.  After he graduated from high school, Sisiky enlisted in the Navy during World War II and served through the end of 1946.

At the completion of his service in the Navy, Sisisky returned to Richmond where he enrolled in what today is known as Virginia Commonwealth University.  In 1949, he received a B.S. degree in Business Administration.

Sisisky was elected to public office for the first time in 1973 as Delegate to Virginia's General Assembly representing Petersburg.  He won a seat on the Finance, Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee before being appointed to the prestigious Appropriations Committee.  He served five consecutive terms in the General Assembly before his election to Congress.

In November 1982, Sisiky was elected to represent Virginia's 4th district in the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Republican Robert Williams Daniel with nearly 55% of the vote. Sisiky was subsequently re-elected to his post nine consecutive times - in 1984, 1986, 1988, 1998 and 2000 he was unopposed.

Sisiky died while in office on March 29, 2001. He is survived by his wife Rhoda Brown, four sons and seven grandchildren. 


Sources: Congressman Norman Sisisky; Wikipedia

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