William F. Clinger Jr.

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Bill Clinger
Chair of the House Oversight Committee
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1997
Preceded byJohn Conyers
Succeeded byDan Burton
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1997
Preceded byJoseph Ammerman
Succeeded byJohn Peterson
Constituency23rd district (1979–93)
5th district (1993–97)
Personal details
William Floyd Clinger Jr.

(1929-04-04) April 4, 1929 (age 91)
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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 11 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b Trefts, Deborah (2 August 2016). "William Clinger, Jr. Discusses Political Polarity for Chautauqua Women's Club". The Chautauquan Daily. Retrieved 19 May 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 11 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b Bash, Dana; Kopan, Tal (6 October 2016). "30 Former GOP Lawmakers Sign Anti-Trump Letter". CNN. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b Fitzgerald, Thomas (6 October 2016). "Former Pa. Rep. Who Investigated Clinton Scandals Opposes Trump". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  7. ^ a b Wong, Wylie (10 February 2016). "How the Clinger-Cohen Act Continues to Ripple Through Federal IT Today". FedTech. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  8. ^ "William Floyd Clinger, Jr". Institute for Representative Government. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Reformers Caucus". Issue One.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Ammerman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 23rd congressional district

Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Richard Schultze
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Peterson
Preceded by
John Conyers
Chair of the House Oversight Committee
Succeeded by
Dan Burton