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Joe J.H. Schwarz (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 11/15/1937 (Battle Creek, MI)
Race: White
Religion: Catholic
Residence: Battle Creek, MI
Education: BA from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; MD in Medecine from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Occupation: Surgeon/Physician
Office Type: U.S. House -- Michigan District 7 

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Joe Schwarz was born on Nov. 15, 1937, in Battle Creek, Mich., where he still resides. He received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Michigan in 1959 and a medical degree from Wayne State University in 1964.

He served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam from 1965-67. He served as an assistant Naval attache in Indonesia for part of that time, and later served with the CIA in Southeast Asia. He returned to Battle Creek, where he built a practice as an ear, nose and throat surgeon.

Schwarz was the mayor of Battle Creek from 1985 to 1986 and served in the Michigan Senate from 1987 to 2002.

His first wife died and he is divorced from his second wife. He has one daughter from his first marriage.

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Joe Schwarz won a seat in the Michigan Senate in 1986 and was re-elected in 1990, 1994 and 1998. He lost a Republican primary to U.S. Rep. Nick Smith in 1992.

In the 2004 primary, Schwarz won 28 percent of the vote and Smith's son, attorney Brad Smith, had 22 percent. Former state Rep. Tim Walberg had 18 percent, state Rep. Clark Bisbee of Jackson had 14 percent, state Rep. Gene DeRossett of Manchester had 11 percent and former state Rep. Paul DeWeese of Eaton Rapids had 7 percent.

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