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L. William Paxon (born April 29, 1954), commonly known as Bill Paxon, is a former U.S. Congressman and politician from New Yorkmarker.

Early life

Paxon was born in Akronmarker, near Buffalo, New Yorkmarker. At the age of 15, Paxon volunteered for the first congressional campaign of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jack Kemp. Kemp, decades later, was the Republican Vice Presidential nominee in 1996. Paxon graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institutemarker high school in 1972, and then from Canisius Collegemarker. He was elected to the Erie countymarker legislature in November 1977. At 23, Paxon was the youngest member ever when elected. In addition, he holds honorary doctorates from Daemen College, Roberts Wesleyan College and Canisius College.

Political career

Paxon was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1982, and the House of Representatives as a Republican in 1988, where he served until 1999. He did not run for reelection in 1998, and was succeeded by Thomas M. Reynolds. During this period, he served as chair of House Leadership during the 105th Congress. In 1992, Paxon was elected Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. He served as key advisor in George W. Bush's 2000 Presidential Campaign and chairman of the Bush-Cheney Transition Advisory Team.

After leaving Congress, Paxon became an advisor to senior GOP congressional leaders, and served as chairman of the Majority Fund at the Republican National Committee.While in Congress, the traditionalist conservative Paxon worked closely with self-proclaimed moderate Susan Molinari, and later proposed to her on the House floor. Molinari, who is from Staten Islandmarker, served as an elected member of the House Republican Leadership.

They wed on July 3, 1994 and currently reside in Alexandria, Virginiamarker with their two daughters.

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