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Norman Sisisky
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1983 – March 29, 2001
Preceded by Robert Daniel
Succeeded by Randy Forbes
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from the 27th District

In office
Preceded by Clauder Anderson
Succeeded by Robert Jones
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from the 30th District

In office
Preceded by W. Roy Smith
Succeeded by Robert Ackerman
Personal details
Born June 9, 1927
Baltimore, Maryland
Died March 29, 2001(2001-03-29) (aged 73)
Richmond, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Virginia Commonwealth University
Profession businessman
Religion Jewish
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1945–1946

Norman Sisisky (June 9, 1927 – March 29, 2001) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia from 1983 to 2001, representing the 4th District. He was a leader of the Blue Dog Coalition and one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress at the time.


Sisisky was born in Baltimore, Maryland but grew up in Richmond, Virginia. Upon graduating from high school, he served a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Navy. In 1946, he entered Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a business degree in 1949. Sisisky became a successful businessman, founding an independent bottling company in Petersburg that later became a part of Pepsi's Virginia operations. In 1973, Sisisky was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, serving for five terms.

In 1982, Sisisky was elected to Congress, defeating five-term incumbent Republican Robert Daniel. A fiscal disciplinarian, he aligned himself with the Democratic Party's Blue Dog coalition. He was a leading member of the Intelligence Committee and worked closely with the CIA.

Sisisky died of lung cancer while in office.[1] A special election was held June 19, 2001 to fill his seat, and Republican State Senator Randy Forbes defeated Democratic State Senator Louise Lucas for the remainder of Sisisky's term.

Electoral history[]

  • 1982; Sisisky was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 54.38% of the vote, defeating Republican Robert Daniel.
  • 1984; Sisisky was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1986; Sisisky was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1988; Sisisky was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1990; Sisisky was re-elected with 78.55% of the vote, defeating Independents Don L. Reynolds and Loretta F. Chandler.
  • 1992; Sisisky was re-elected with 68.37% of the vote, defeating Republican Anthony J. Zevgolis.
  • 1994; Sisisky was re-elected with 61.61% of the vote, defeating Republican A. George Sweet, III.
  • 1996; Sisisky was re-elected with 78.61% of the vote, defeating Republican Zevgolis.
  • 1998; Sisisky was re-elected unopposed.
  • 2000; Sisisky was re-elected unopposed.

See also[]

  • List of Jewish members of the United States Congress
  • List of United States Congress members who died in office (2000–)


External links[]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Williams Daniel, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Randy Forbes

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