William Clinger Jr., 92, Dies; Led House Inquiries on Clinton

William F. Clinger Jr., a nine-term Republican congressman from Pennsylvania who vigorously pursued two investigations into wrongdoing by the Clinton administration and 20 years later mentioned that Donald J. Trump, his social gathering’s nominee, was unqualified to be president, died on May 28 in Naples, Fla. He was 92.

His demise, in a hospital, was confirmed by his daughter Eleanore (Bijou) Miller. Mr. Clinger had lived in Florida for a number of years since shifting from Virginia.

Mr. Clinger, the one freshman millionaire member of the House of Representatives when he was first elected in 1978, was a comparatively reasonable Republican, a former appointee of President Gerald R. Ford as chief counsel of the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration and a proponent of public works.

His signature laws, although, was a plank from the Contract With America, the conservative legislative agenda efficiently superior by Speaker Newt Gingrich and his fellow Republicans throughout the 1994 midterm elections, by which they seized management of the House for the primary time in 40 years.

The subsequent 12 months, as chairman of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Mr. Clinger was instrumental in enacting laws that restricted Congress from imposing mandates on states and localities to spend cash on packages that the federal authorities required however had did not finance.

Mr. Clinger additionally shepherded laws to streamline the federal government’s buying of products and providers.

He launched two investigations of White House overreach. One, christened “Travelgate” within the information media, examined allegations that the White House beneath President Bill Clinton had fired personnel in its Travel Office and changed them with Clinton cronies. The committee accused the administration of stonewalling the investigation, and an impartial prosecutor discovered proof that whereas First Lady Hillary Clinton had performed a job within the firings, there was inadequate proof that she had misled investigators.

The impartial prosecutor additionally exonerated Mr. and Mrs. Clinton after an inquiry into whether or not they had improperly accessed F.B.I. information on Republican opponents (inevitably known as “Filegate”).

Mr. Clinger was so widespread that he ran for re-election a number of occasions and not using a Democratic opponent. He didn’t search a 10th time period in 1996.

In October 2016, weeks earlier than the overall election, he was certainly one of about 30 former Republican legislators who declared in a public letter that Mr. Trump was “manifestly unqualified to be president.”

William Floyd Clinger Jr. was born on April four, 1929, in Warren, Pa., within the northwestern a part of the state. William Sr. was a banker and owned oil wells. His mom, Lella May (Hunter) Clinger, was a homemaker.

After graduating from The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., he earned a bachelor’s diploma at Johns Hopkins University in 1951, served 4 years within the Navy and was discharged as a lieutenant. He labored as an promoting govt for the New Process Company, a mail-order clothes enterprise in Warren, earlier than enrolling within the University of Virginia School of Law, the place he obtained a level in 1965.

After he retired from Congress, Mr. Clinger taught at Johns Hopkins University, was the chairman of the Chautauqua Institution’s board of trustees and was a co-chairman of the Institute for Representative Government, a nonprofit, bipartisan Washington group that promotes democracy internationally.

He married Julia Whitla, who died in 2016. In addition to his daughter Eleanore, he’s survived by one other daughter, Julia Boulton Clinger; two sons, James and William F. Clinger III; and 7 grandchildren.