Bob Clement is a Senior Counselor at The Livingston Group (TLG) and a former Democratic Member of Congress from Tennessee, serving from 1988 to 2003. At TLG, Mr. Clement focuses on transportation, energy, international and education – areas of expertise gained through his years of public service.
While in the House of Representatives, Mr. Clement served as a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he worked diligently on the subcommittees on Aviation; Coast Guard; Railroad, Highways and Mass Transit; and Water Resources. He also served on the Budget Committee, giving him significant insight into funding procedures in Congress. Mr. Clement made global contacts through his work on the International Affairs Committee.
Among his notable legislative achievements in Congress, Mr. Clement initiated significant changes to the Transportation Reauthorization Act, including revising the distribution formula for state funding to insure federal dollars are more equitably distributed—a formula policy which continues today. He co-authored the legislation which created greenways and bicycle paths throughout the country; introduced and passed landmark legislation to address airport noise, authorizing community reimbursement for noise problems; and helped ensure the future of nuclear energy as the lead sponsor of the Nuclear Power Plant Standardization and Licensing Reform Act of 1991.
In addition to his committee roles, Mr. Clement founded and co-chaired the Education Caucus to promote and support more funds for public education. He helped found the New Democrat Caucus that concentrated on high tech and trade issues. As an active member of the Tourism Caucus, he promoted trade and tourism for the United States.
Mr. Clement was one of only three former college presidents during his tenure in Congress. Mr. Clement served as President of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. He revitalized the struggling junior college, raising it to the level of a four-year accredited college with full university status, and tripled the school’s private donations, which saved the historic college from closing.
Prior to his 15 years in Congress, Mr. Clement served major roles as a utility regulator; first, as a statewide commissioner on Tennessee’s Public Service Commission, and later as one of three directors on the Board of the Tennessee Valley Authority, overseeing a $6 billion utility agency.
Mr. Clement earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. After obtaining a master’s degree in business from the University of Memphis, Mr. Clement joined the U.S. Army, serving for two years. He then joined the Tennessee Army National Guard and served 29 years before retiring as a Colonel.