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William F. Clinger Jr.

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Preceded by  Richard Schultze
Preceded by  Joseph Ammerman
Party  Republican Party

Political party  Republican
Succeeded by  John E. Peterson
Name  William Clinger,
William F. Clinger, Jr.

Born  April 4, 1929 (age 86) Warren, Pennsylvania (1929-04-04)
Role  Former U.S. Representative
Previous offices  Representative (PA 5th District) 1993–1997, Representative 1979–1993

Education  Johns Hopkins University
Member of congress start date  January 3, 1979

William Floyd "Bill" Clinger Jr. (born April 4, 1929) is a former Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


Early life

Clinger was born in Warren, Pennsylvania. He attended the public schools there and graduated from The Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania in 1947. He received a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in 1951, and an LL.B. from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1965. Clinger served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955. He was a delegate to the Pennsylvania state constitutional convention, 1967 to 1968, and the Republican National Convention in 1972. Clinger was associated with the New Process Company of Warren, Pennsylvania from 1955 to 1962, was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1965, and was a lawyer in private practice.

U.S. House of Representatives

Defeating incumbent Representative Joseph S. Ammerman, Clinger was elected as a Republican to the 96th and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1997). While in the House of Representatives, he was chairman of the United States House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight in the 104th Congress, which was quite active in investigating the Travelgate and Filegate matters. With Senator William Cohen, Clinger co-authored the Information Technology Management Reform Act, also known as the Clinger-Cohen Act. He was not a candidate for re-election to the 105th Congress in 1996.

Subsequent career

Clinger serves as a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Center for the Study of American Government. He is also a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One.

In October 2016, Clinger was one of thirty Republican ex-lawmakers to sign a public letter condemning Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.


William F. Clinger Jr. Wikipedia