John G. Schmitz
American politicianDied when: 70 years 151 days (844 months)
Star Sign: Leo
John George Schmitz (August 12, 1930 – January 10, 2001) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives and California State Senate from Orange County, California.
He was also a member of the John Birch Society.In 1972 he was the candidate for President of the United States of the American Independent Party, later known as the American Party.
Schmitz was notable for his extreme right-wing sympathies.By one measure, he was found to be the third-most conservative member of Congress between 1937 and 2002, and the ultra-conservative John Birch Society, of which Schmitz was a longtime leader, later expelled him for extremist rhetoric.
On October 25, 1971, Schmitz composed an introduction to the highly controversial book None Dare Call It Conspiracy written by Gary Allen with Larry Abraham.
In 1982, after it was revealed—and Schmitz admitted—that he had engaged in an extra-marital affair and fathered two children with one of his former college students, Schmitz's career as a politician effectively ended, as did his wife Mary's as a conservative political commentator.
His seven children with his wife include John P.Schmitz, Joseph E.Schmitz, and Mary Kay Letourneau.Schmitz died in 2001 at the age of 70 from prostate cancer; the former Marine Colonel was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.