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John Joseph McFall
18th Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives

In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1977
Leader Tip O'Neill
Preceded by Tip O'Neill
Succeeded by John Brademas
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Jerome R. Waldie
Succeeded by Norman D. Shumway
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by Gordon L. McDonough
Succeeded by Bernice F. Sisk
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1963
Preceded by J. Leroy Johnson
Succeeded by J. 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
Died March 7, 2006(2006-03-07) (aged 88)
Alexandria, Virginia
Resting place Unknown
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Evelyn A.M. Anklam
Children Four children
Alma mater UC Berkeley School of Law
Profession Attorney
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/wars World War II

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.

Early life and career

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.


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 death

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][3]

See also

  • List of United States Representatives expelled, censured, or reprimanded


  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". 
  3. "John J McFall". Find a Grave. Retrieved May 27, 2022. 

External links

  • John J. McFall at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Leroy Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
J. Arthur Younger
Preceded by
Gordon L. McDonough
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 15th congressional district

Succeeded by
Bernice F. Sisk
Preceded by
Jerome R. Waldie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Norman D. Shumway
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tip O'Neill (D-MA)
House Majority Whip
Succeeded by
John Brademas (D-IN)

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