William J. Hughes

William John Hughes ( born October 17, 1932 in Salem, Salem County, New Jersey ) is a former American politician. Between 1975 and 1995 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives; 1995 to 1998 he was United States Ambassador to Panama.


William Hughes attended the common schools and then studied until 1955 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. After a subsequent study of law at Rutgers School of Law in Camden and his 1959 was admitted to the bar he began to work in Ocean City in this profession. Between 1961 and 1970 he worked as a prosecutor in various positions. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In 1970 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress yet. He became a member of an advisory committee of the Ethics Committee in 1972.

In the congressional elections of 1974, Hughes was second choice in the District of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Charles W. Sandman on January 3, 1975. After nine elections he could pass in Congress until January 3, 1995 ten legislative periods. He was also a member of the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. In 1986 he was one of the deputies who were entrusted with the implementation of the impeachment of Federal Judge Harry E. Claiborne. Hughes sat down in parliament for integrating the environment. In 1994, he renounced a new Congress candidacy.

In 1995 Hughes was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the successor of Oliver P. Garza for U.S. ambassador to Panama. This office he held until 1998. During this time, the return of the Panama Canal Zone fell to the government of Panama. William Hughes is married since 1956; He has four children and eight grandchildren.