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 Edward J. Derwinski's distinguished governmental career includes service as Secretary of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (1989-1992); Undersecretary for Security Assistance, Science and Technology for the United States Department of State (1983-1986); Counselor of the Department of State (1983-1986); Member of Congress, Fourth Congressional District of Illinois (1959-1983); Delegate to the United Nations with rank of Ambassador (1971); Chairman of United States Congressional Delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (1959-1982); Illinois State Representative (1957-1958); and Member, Illinois-Indiana Bi-Port Commission.

From 1950-1958, Derwinski served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the West Pullman Savings and Loan Association in Chicago. He served in the United States Army during World War II, and thereafter earned a bachelor of science from Loyola University in Chicago.

Derwinski has long been active in Republican political campaigns, serving as "ethnic liaison" to every Republican presidential nominee since Dwight Eisenhower; most recently, he served as General Campaign Chairman for Peter Fitzgerald's successful effort for the United States Senate. Derwinski holds four honorary doctorate degrees and has received numerous awards.

Derwinski currently serves as Legislative Consultant to Morrill and Associates, P.C., a law firm that provides Illinois state and local government relations and legal service representation. He resides in both Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Illinois, and is married to the former Bonita Hickey of Chicago. They have two children, Maureen and Michael.