Ira William "Bill" McCollum, Jr. (born July 12, 1944) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 2001, representing Florida's 5th congressional district, which was later redistricted to the 8th congressional district in 1993. As a member of the House, McCollum rose to become Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference, the fifth-highest ranking position in the House Republican leadership. He voted to impeach President Bill Clinton and subsequently took a leadership role in managing Clinton's trial in the Senate, which ended in acquittal. He was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2000, hoping to replace the retiring Republican Connie Mack III, and losing to incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. He ran for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate again in 2004 but lost to Mel Martinez. In 2006 he was elected Attorney General of Florida and in 2010 was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of Florida, losing to businessman Rick Scott.
Born and raised in Brooksville, Florida, McCollum graduated from Hernando High School and earned his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida, he was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame, the most prestigious honor a student leader could receive, and served as president of Florida Blue Key...
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