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Pete McCloskey Edit Profile

also known as Paul Norton McCloskey Jr.

Congressman , Lawyer

Pete McCloskey, American lawyer, former congressman. Achievements include co-authoring the 1973 Endangered Species Act. Decorated Navy Cross, Silver Star, Purple Heart; named Young Man of Year Palo Alto Junior Chamber of C., 1961; recipient Edgar Wayburn award, Sierra Club, 2006.


McCloskey, Pete was born on September 29, 1927 in San Bernardino, California, United States.


AB, Stanford, 1950; Bachelor of Laws, Stanford, 1953. Juris Doctor, Santa Clara Law School, 1974.


Deputy district attorney Alameda County, California, 1953-1954. Member firm McCloskey, Wilson, Mosher & Martin, Palo Alto, 1956-1967. Member United States Congress from 11th California District, 1967-1983.

Partner Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, 1983—1989. Counsel McClung & Davis, Laguna Hills, California. Founder, partner Law Office of Paul McCloskey.

Partner McCloskey, Hubbard, Ebert & Moore, LLP. Principal Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, San Francisco, since 2008. Delaware United Nations Law of Sea Conference.

Lecturer in law Stanford Law School, 1964-1967, Santa Clara Law School, 1964-1967. Co-chair, Earth Day, 1970. Member, United States Commission on National & Community Service, 1990-1992.


  • Achievements include co-authoring the 1973 Endangered Species Act.


Served with United States Navy, 1945-1947, to colonel United States Marine Corps, 1950-1952. Member American Bar Association, Palo Alto Bar Association (president 1960-1961), Santa Clara County Bar Association (trustee 1965-1967), State Bar California (president conference barristers 1961-1962), Family Service Association, Phi Delta Phi.


Son of Paul Norton & Vera McNabb McCloskey. Married Caroline Wadsworth, 1949 (divorced). Children: Nancy, Peter, John, Kathleen.

Married Helen Virginia Hooper, 1982.

Paul Norton McCloskey

Caroline Wadsworth

Helen Virginia Hooper

Nancy McCloskey

Peter McCloskey

John McCloskey

Kathleen McCloskey