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Edward Zorinsky

(1928 - 1987)

Edward Zorinsky was born in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska on November 11, 1928. He attended the public schools; attended the University of Minnesota 1945-1946, and Creighton (Nebr.) University 1946-1948. Zorinsky graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1949 and pursued graduate work at Harvard University (1966). He engaged in the wholesale tobacco and candy business from 1950 until 1973. He also served in the United States Army Reserve (1949-1962).

Zorinsky was elected mayor of Omaha and served from 1973 until 1977. He was a member of the Nebraska Judicial Qualifications Commission (1968-1971) and the board of directors of the Omaha Public Power District (1969-1973). He was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in November 1976 for the six-year term commencing January 3, 1977. He was subsequently appointed, December 28, 1976, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Senator Roman L. Hruska for the term ending January 3, 1977. Zorinsky was; reelected in 1982 and served from December 28, 1976, until his death in Omaha on, March 6, 1987.

Sources: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Photo U.S. Senate Historical Office.