John M. Slack Jr.

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John M. Slack Jr.

John Mark Slack Jr. (March 18, 1915 March 17, 1980) was an American politician from West Virginia. He was a Democrat.

Slack was born in 1915 in Charleston, where he attended the public schools. He later studied at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.

Slack's public service career began in 1948, when he became a member of Kanawha County Court, where he sat until 1952. He subsequently served as Kanawha County Assessor from 1952 to 1958.

When three-term 6th district Representative Robert C. Byrd decided against seeking re-election in order to run for the U.S. Senate, Slack won the Democratic nomination and was easily elected that November. He went on to be re-elected 11 times, never facing serious opposition. His district was renumbered as the 3rd District in 1963, after West Virginia lost a district as a result of the 1960 Census.

Slack served until his death of a heart attack in Alexandria, Virginia on March 17, 1980.[1] He was replaced by John G. Hutchinson, winner of a special election, who served until the end of the term. He was interred in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, West Virginia.


  1. Mullins, Steve (March 20, 1980). "Friends Bid Slack Farewell". Charleston Daily Mail.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Byrd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 6th congressional district

District eliminated
Preceded by
Cleveland M. Bailey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
John G. Hutchinson
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