William F. Clinger Jr.

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Bill Clinger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1997
Preceded by Richard Schultze
Succeeded by John Peterson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 23rd district
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Joseph Ammerman
Succeeded by District Eliminated
Personal details
Born (1929-04-04) April 4, 1929 (age 87)
Warren, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican

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


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 in the United States Navy as a lieutenant 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. 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.

Clinger serves as a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Center for the Study of American Government.


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

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

Succeeded by
John Peterson
Political offices
Preceded by
John Conyers
Chairman of House Government Reform and Oversight Committee
Succeeded by
Dan Burton