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William J. Coyne
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by William S. Moorhead
Succeeded by Mike Doyle
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
January 5, 1971 – November 30, 1972
Preceded by Frank W. O'Brien
Succeeded by James A. Romanelli
Personal details
Born William Joseph Coyne
(1936-08-24)August 24, 1936
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died November 3, 2013(2013-11-03) (aged 77)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Robert Morris College

William Joseph Coyne (August 24, 1936 – November 3, 2013) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania from 1981 to 2003.

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Coyne was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1954, and received a B.S. in accounting from Robert Morris College.

He served for two years in the United States Army in 1955–1957. He served as a supply sergeant in Korea. After completing his military service, he set up a private accounting firm.

Political career[edit | edit source]

From 1970 to 1972 he was member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and a member of the Pittsburgh City Council from 1974 to 1980.

Congress[edit | edit source]

Coyne was elected to Congress in 1980, succeeding 24-year incumbent William S. Moorhead in a district taking in most of Pittsburgh. He was reelected ten times, never facing serious opposition. He was a longtime member of the United States House Committee on Ways and Means

Retirement and death[edit | edit source]

In 2002, Coyne's district was combined with the district of Mike Doyle, a somewhat more moderate Democrat. Although the new district contained more of Coyne's territory than Doyle's, Coyne retired to avoid the possibility of two Democratic incumbents facing each other in the primary elections.

Coyne died at the age of 77 on November 3, 2013, two months after falling and sustaining head injuries.[1]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William S. Moorhead
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Michael F. Doyle

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