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John Joseph McFall (February 20, 1918 – March 7, 2006) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the state of California, rising to the position of House Majority Whip.

John Joseph McFall
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House Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1977
LeaderTip O'Neill
Preceded byTip O'Neill
Succeeded byJohn Brademas
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – December 31, 1978
Preceded byJerome R. Waldie
Succeeded byNorman D. Shumway
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 15th district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1975
Preceded byGordon L. McDonough
Succeeded byBernice F. Sisk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byJ. Leroy Johnson
Succeeded byJ. Arthur Younger
Member of the California State Assembly
In office
Mayor of Manteca, California
In office
Personal details
Born(1918-02-20)February 20, 1918
Buffalo, New York
DiedMarch 7, 2006(2006-03-07) (aged 88)
Alexandria, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Evelyn A.M. Anklam
Alma materUC Berkeley School of Law
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Battles/warsWorld War II

Early life and careerEdit

McFall was born in Buffalo, New York. He and his family moved to Manteca, California where he attended school, and in 1936 graduated from Modesto Junior College. In 1938 he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and obtained his law degree there in 1941. His career as an attorney was interrupted by a stint in the United States Army Counterintelligence Corps from 1942 to 1946.


In 1948 McFall became a Manteca councilman. He was elected to the state assembly in 1951 and served there until his election to the United States Congress in 1956. McFall served eleven terms in Congress, but lost his bid for re-election to a 12th term in 1978 and resigned on December 31, 1978.


Congressman McFall, along with other elected officials, was reprimanded for his role in the influence peddling scandal that came to be known as Koreagate.[1]

Personal life and deathEdit

He married to Evelyn A.M. Anklam McFall in 1950. The couple had four children. In 1978 he retired to Alexandria, Virginia. He died March 7, 2006, from complications of a broken hip and Parkinson's disease.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Grossman, Mark (2008). Political Corruption in America: An Encyclopedia of Scandals, Power, and Greed. Grey House Publishing. p. 208. ISBN 978-1-59237-297-3.
  2. ^ Times Staff and Wire Reports (16 March 2006). "John J. McFall, 88; Former Congressman Reprimanded in '70s Influence Scandal". Los Angeles Times.

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