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James "Jim" Leo Nelligan (born February 14, 1929) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

James Nelligan
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byRay Musto
Succeeded byFrank Harrison
Personal details
James Leo Nelligan

(1929-02-14) February 14, 1929 (age 90)
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican
Alma materKing's College
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army


Nelligan was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He attended James M. Coughlin High School, graduating in 1946, and King's College in Wilkes-Barre, graduating in 1951. He served in the United States Army, and worked as an accountant. From 1951-67 he was a staff member of the United States General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C.. He also served on the staff for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Government Operations from 1967-70.

He was the director of the Finance and Grants Management Division of the United States Office of Economic Opportunity from 1970–73, and director of the Office of Property Management, Office of Federal Management Policy, United States General Services Administration from 1973-75. He served as operations director for the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce from 1975-79.

He was elected in 1980 as a Republican to the 97th United States Congress but was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1982. After his term in Congress he became the Deputy Secretary of Revenue of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, from 1983-85.


  • United States Congress. "James Nelligan (id: N000027)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Raphael J. Musto
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Frank G. Harrison