|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Pennsylvania's 11th district
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1983
|Preceded by||Ray Musto|
|Succeeded by||Frank Harrison|
James Leo Nelligan
February 14, 1929
|Alma mater||King's College|
|Branch/service||United 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.