Joseph M. Gaydos
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Pennsylvania's 20th district
November 5, 1968 - January 3, 1993
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate|
from the 45th district
January 2, 1967 - November 5, 1968
Joseph Matthew Gaydos
July 3, 1926
Braddock, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||February 7, 2015 (aged 88)|
Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Alice Ann Gaydos (née Gray; died March 19, 2001)|
Joseph Matthew Gaydos (July 3, 1926 - February 7, 2015) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Gaydos was the first Slovak American to serve in the United States Congress.
Gaydos was born in Braddock, Pennsylvania. His Hungarian father was born in Northern Hungary ([today mostly [Slovakia]]), later it became part of Czechoslovakia, following World War I by the Treaty of Trianon.
He served in the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1967 to 1968. He served as Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Assistant Solicitor of Allegheny County, and general counsel to United Mine Workers of America, district five.
He prioritized workers' rights and preservation of the domestic steel industry while in Congress. He was a strong supporter of organized labor and was a leading proponent of strengthening labor laws to provide health and pension benefits, as well as job safety protections, for employees.
He was not a candidate for renomination in 1992.