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Joshua Eilberg

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Joshua Eilberg
Joshua Eilberg.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1979
Preceded byHerman Toll
Succeeded byCharles F. Dougherty
Personal details
Born(1921-02-12)February 12, 1921
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedMarch 24, 2004(2004-03-24) (aged 83)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
Temple University

Joshua Eilberg (February 12, 1921 – March 24, 2004) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Early life and education

Eilberg was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Central High School (Philadelphia), the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Law, both in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Legal and early political career

He entered the United States Naval Reserve and became a private practice lawyer, later becoming assistant district attorney of the city of Philadelphia from 1952 to 1954. He was elected to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, serving from 1954 to 1966, rising to the position of majority leader in 1965–1966. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1960, 1964 and 1968, and was the Democratic ward leader for the fifty-fourth ward of Philadelphia.


He was elected in 1966 as a Democrat to the 90th and to the five succeeding Congresses. In 1974, Eilberg defeated Chris Matthews, former host of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, in the Democratic primary. In 1978, he defeated Mark B. Cohen in the Democratic primary, before losing to Charles F. Dougherty. While in office, he served as the Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and International Law. In that role, Representative Eilberg led a legislative veto to override the Attorney General's suspension of deportation of Jagdish Rai Chadha and five others under the Immigration and Nationality Act.[1] The Supreme Court later found the legislative veto unconstitutional in INS v. Chadha, 462 U.S. 919 (1983).

Controversy, indictment and guilty plea

In 1978, then-U.S. Attorney David W. Marston investigated Eilberg for money he received in connection with a federal grant to Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Eilberg contacted the Carter White House, and Marston was later fired.[2] Eilberg lost his 1978 reelection bid, and, three months later, pleaded guilty to conflict of interest charges. He was sentenced to five years of probation and a $10,000 fine.[3]


Eilberg died in Philadelphia on March 24, 2004, of complications of Parkinson’s Disease.[4]

See also


  1. ^ House Congressional Record 40800 (1975)
  2. ^ That Mishandled Marston Affair Time Magazine. February 6, 1978. Retrieved April 15, 2007.
  3. ^ Joshua Eilberg (Obituary) Blog of Death. April 11, 2004. Retrieved April 15, 2007.
  4. ^ Obit in L.A. Times


  • United States Congress. "Joshua Eilberg (id: E000096)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
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