Clement J. Zablocki

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Clement J. Zablocki
File:Clement Zablocki.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1949 – December 3, 1983
Preceded by John C. Brophy
Succeeded by Jerry Kleczka
Personal details
Born Clement John Zablocki
(1912-11-18)November 18, 1912
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died December 3, 1983(1983-12-03) (aged 71)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Marquette University
Religion Roman Catholic

Clement John Zablocki (November 18, 1912 – December 3, 1983) was a U.S. Representative representing the heavily Polish south side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1] A liberal Democrat, he built his reputation in foreign policy, taking strong anti-Communist positions and supporting the Vietnam War.[2]


Zablocki was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and he graduated from Marquette University. Zablocki was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1942. He was elected to the 81st United States Congress in 1948 as a member of the Democratic party. He was then reelected to the succeeding Congresses serving from January 3, 1949, until his death from a heart attack in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 3, 1983.[3] Zablocki was the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 1977 until his death in 1983. He served during the presidencies of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, a period that included several significant international events, including the Iran hostage crisis. Zablocki introduced the Taiwan Relations Act on February 28, 1979.

Clement J. Zablocki

Zablocki in 1970-72 helped design an early version of the War Powers Act, which put presidential war-making power under congressional control. He was instrumental in House passage of the final version in late 1973 over President Nixon's veto.[4]

Personal life

Zablocki was buried at St. Adalbert's Cemetery in Milwaukee. Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center at 5000 West National Avenue in Milwaukee is named for him,[5] as is the Zablocki Library and the Clement J. Zablocki Elementary School in Milwaukee.

Further reading

  • Michael Barone et al. The Almanac of American Politics: 1976 (1975) pp 930–32


  1. Clement Zablocki, Wisconsin Historical Society
  2. Eleanor W Schoenebaum, ed., ‘’Political Profiles: The Nixon/Ford Years (1979) p 688
  3. Roberts, Steven V. (December 4, 1983). "Clement J. Zablocki of Foreign Affairs Panel Dies". New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Eleanor W Schoenebaum, ed., ‘’Political Profiles: The Nixon/Ford Years (1979) p 688
  5. VA government web site

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John C. Brophy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 4th congressional district

January 3, 1949 – December 3, 1983
Succeeded by
Jerry Kleczka