Norvell William " Bill" Emerson ( born January 1, 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri, † 22 June 1996 Bethesda, Maryland ) was an American politician. Between 1981 and 1996 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Bill Emerson attended the public schools in Hillsboro. He then completed an apprenticeship as a Page in the Congress government in Washington. In 1955 he graduated at the United States Capitol Page School in the federal capital. Subsequently, he studied until 1959 at Westminster College in Fulton. This was followed up in 1960 to study law at the University of Missouri. In 1964, he finished his education at the University of Baltimore.
From 1964 to 1992 Emerson was a member of the Reserve of the United States Air Force. During his studies he worked 1961-1965 also on the staff of Congressman Robert Fred Ellsworth Kansas. Later he was on the staff of U.S. Senator Charles Mathias of Maryland. In the 1970s, Emerson worked for various companies that cooperated with the government. In 1979 he founded his own consulting company.
Politically, Emerson to the Republican Party. In the congressional elections of 1980 he was in the tenth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Bill D. Burlison on January 3, 1981. After seven elections he could remain until his death on 22 June 1996 at the Congress. After the dissolution of his constituency he represented from 1983 as the successor of Wendell Bailey the eighth district of his state. He was at times a member of the Rules Committee. Bill Emerson died in June 1996 from lung cancer. After his death, his wife Jo Ann was elected as his successor in Congress. This exercise their mandate after several re- elections until today.