Bob Clement joins The Livingston Group while also continuing to serve as President of Clement and Associates, LLC. He is a former Democrat Member of Congress from Tennessee’s fifth District. During his eight terms (1988 to 2003) he served as a ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Mr. Clement worked on the Railroad, Highways and Mass Transit; Aviation Subcommittees; and Water Resources Subcommittees. He also served on the House Budget Committee giving him significant insight into funding procedures in Congress. He made global contacts through his work on the International Affairs Committee. In his travels associated with the Tourism Caucus, he promoted trade and tourism for the U.S. 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 also helped found the New Democrat Caucus that concentrated on high tech and trade issues. Mr. Clement was one of only three former college presidents serving in Congress during his tenure.
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. His nuclear regulatory experience led him to introduce the Nuclear Standardization and Licensing Reform Act in the early 1990’s, which became law. Mr. Clement was President of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. He revitalized the struggling junior college to a four-year accredited college with full university status, and tripled the school’s private donations.
Mr. Clement earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. After obtaining a Masters 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.
Former Congressman Mr. Clement and his wife, Mary, live in Nashville, Tennessee. They have four children.