James F. McGovern

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James F. McGovern (born 1946) was United States Under Secretary of the Air Force from 1986 to 1989.

Early life, education and career[edit]

James F. McGovern was born in Dayton, Ohio, on November 28, 1946.[1] He was educated at the United States Naval Academy, receiving a B.S. in 1969.[1] He then served in the United States Navy on active duty from 1969 to 1979, at which time he became a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.[1]

McGovern received a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, D.C., in 1978.[1]

From 1978 to 1981, he was an associate attorney at the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro in Washington, D.C.[1] He then spent 1981 and 1982 as general counsel of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services under the chairmanship of U.S. Senator John Tower (Republican Party senator from Texas).[1] He was promoted to become the committee's staff director and chief counsel in 1982, holding that post until 1987.[1]

On September 17, 1986, U.S. President Ronald Reagan nominated McGovern to be U.S. Under Secretary of the Air Force.[1] He then served as Acting U.S. Secretary of the Air Force from December 1988 until April 1989.

Post-government career[edit]

After leaving government service, McGovern spent seven years as the president of Teledyne.[2] He later served as the president of Tripolis Technologies, a managing director of El Camino Capital Partners, the chief executive officer of Dunhill Technologies, a senior managing director of McGovern & Associates, and as the chief executive officer of Calpoint.[2] In 2005, he became a member of the Board of Directors of the Parsons Corporation.[2]

References[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Edward C. Aldridge, Jr.
United States Under Secretary of the Air Force
1986 – 1989
Succeeded by
Anne N. Foreman