William F. Clinger Jr
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William F. Clinger Jr
Bill Clinger
Chair of the House Oversight Committee

January 3, 1995 - January 3, 1997
John Conyers
Dan Burton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th district

January 3, 1993 - January 3, 1997
Richard Schultze
John Peterson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 23rd district

January 3, 1979 - January 3, 1993
Joseph Ammerman
Constituency abolished
Personal details
William Floyd Clinger Jr.

(1929-04-04) April 4, 1929 (age 90)
Warren, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Julia Whitla (August 3rd, 1952)
EducationJohns Hopkins University (BA)
University of Virginia (LLB)

William Floyd 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[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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[4] in the 104th Congress, which was quite active in investigating the Travelgate and Filegate matters.[5][6] In addition, he served as vice chairman of the United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and ranking member on the Subcommittee on Aviation.[1] Along with then-Senator William Cohen, Clinger co-authored the Information Technology Management Reform Act, also known as the Clinger-Cohen Act.[7] He was not a candidate for re-election to the 105th Congress in 1996.

Subsequent career

After his retirement from Congress, Clinger served as the chairman for the Chautauqua Institution's board of trustees.[1][2] He is currently a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University's Center for Advanced Governmental Studies [7][4] and co-chairman of the board of directors for the Institute for Representative Government.[8] He is also a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One.[9]

2016 presidential election

In October 2016, Clinger was one of thirty Republican ex-lawmakers to sign a public letter condemning GOP presidential nominee (and future president) Donald Trump[6] as "manifestly unqualified to be president."[5]


  1. ^ a b c Congressional Record, V. 151, PT. 17, October 7 to 26, 2005. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office. 2010. p. 23013. ISBN 9780160848254. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b Trefts, Deborah (2 August 2016). "William Clinger, Jr. Discusses Political Polarity for Chautauqua Women's Club". The Chautauquan Daily. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "CLINGER, William Floyd, Jr., (1929 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  4. ^ a b "William Clinger, Adjunct Faculty". Johns Hopkins University. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ a b Bash, Dana; Kopan, Tal (6 October 2016). "30 Former GOP Lawmakers Sign Anti-Trump Letter". CNN. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ a b Fitzgerald, Thomas (6 October 2016). "Former Pa. Rep. Who Investigated Clinton Scandals Opposes Trump". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ a b Wong, Wylie (10 February 2016). "How the Clinger-Cohen Act Continues to Ripple Through Federal IT Today". FedTech. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "William Floyd Clinger, Jr". Institute for Representative Government. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "Reformers Caucus". Issue One.

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