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Joseph P. Kolter
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Charles F. Dougherty
Succeeded by Ron Klink
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
January 7, 1969 – November 30, 1982
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by Barry L. Alderette
Personal details
Born September 3, 1926(1926-09-03) (age 96)
McDonald, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Residence New Brighton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Geneva College
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1944–1947

Joseph Paul "Joe" Kolter (born September 3, 1926) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives for Pennsylvania.

Joe Kolter was born in McDonald, Ohio. He graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1947. He was a New Brighton city councilman from 1961 to 1965, and a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1969–1982.

He was elected as a Democrat to the 98th and to the four succeeding Congresses serving from January 3, 1983, to January 3, 1993. He was defeated in the 1992 Democratic primary by Ron Klink.

During his time in Congress, Kolter was publicly quoted as saying that the Nicaraguan Contras were "controlled by a man named Uno." UNO was the acronym for the Contras' umbrella organization, the United Nicaraguan Opposition (Spanish: Unidad Nicaragüense Oppositora.)

Kolter was implicated in the Congressional Post Office scandal, that also involved Dan Rostenkowski. He was indicted and sentenced to 6 months in prison.[1]


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles F. Dougherty
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Ron Klink

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