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Robert Nelson CLEMENT

(1943- )

CLEMENT, Robert Nelson, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., September 23, 1943; graduated from Hillsboro High School, Nashville, Tenn., 1962; B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., 1967; M.B.A., Memphis State University (University of Memphis), Memphis, Tenn., 1968; Tennessee Army National Guard, 1969-1971; Army National Guard Reserve, 1971 to present; member of the Tennessee Public Service Commission, 1973-1979; unsuccessful candidate for nomination for Governor of Tennessee in 1978; member, board of directors, Tennessee Valley Authority, 1979-1981; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Ninety-eighth Congress in 1982; president, Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., 1983-1987; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundredth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative William Hill Boner, and reelected to the One Hundred First and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 19, 1988-January 3, 2003); not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Eighth Congress in 2002, but was an unsuccessful candidate to the United States Senate.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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