Representative Francis Xavier MCCLOSKEY

YEARS 1939-2003
OFFICE Representative
STATE Indiana
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 98th (1983-1985), 99th (1985-1987), 100th (1987-1989), 101st (1989-1991), 102nd (1991-1993), 103rd (1993-1995)

Representative Francis Xavier MCCLOSKEY Biography

McCLOSKEY, Francis Xavier, a Representative from Indiana; born in Philadelphia, Pa., June 12, 1939; graduated, Bishop Kendrick High School, Norristown, Pa., 1957; A.B., Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., 1968; J.D., Indiana University School of Law, 1971; United States Air Force, 1957-1961; newspaper reporter; lawyer, private practice; mayor of Bloomington, Ind., 1972-1982; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-eighth Congress (January 3, 1983-January 3, 1985); reelected to the Ninety-ninth Congress pursuant to H. Res. 146, taking his seat on May 1, 1985, and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses (May 1, 1985-January 3, 1995); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress in 1994; died on November 2, 2003, in Bloomington, Ind.; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Indiana University Libraries Modern Political Papers Bloomington, IN Papers: 1983-2003, 160 linear feet. Partially processed. Files related to his work in support of Bosnia-Herzegovina have been digitized and are available online. Finding aid is online:;=title . University of Oklahoma The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication Norman, OK Videocassettes: 1984-1990, 36 commercials on 7 videocassettes. The commercials used during Frank McCloskey’s campaigns for the 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1990 U.S. congressional elections in District 8 of Indiana, Democratic Party.


Francis Xavier MCCLOSKEY Committee Assignments

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