The Honorable Cliff Stearns, B.A. '63

Executive Director, APCO Worldwide

Cliff Stearns is a executive director based in APCO Worldwide’s Washington, D.C., office and serves as a member of APCO’s International Advisory Council. He is a former U.S. congressman for Florida’s 6th district, where he gained extensive experience in telecommunications, technology, cybersecurity and international trade during his 24 years of service.

During his tenure, Congressman Stearns served as chair of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, as the Republican leader on the Communications, Technology and Internet Subcommittee and was chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade where he enacted consumer privacy and data security legislation. Congressman Stearns was a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee where he advocated for increased funding for the VA and improved long-term care for veterans. As chairman of the Transatlantic Dialogue for the European Union, he was appointed primary liaison between the U.S. House of Representatives and elected members of the European Parliament.

Prior to joining the U.S. Congress, Congressman Stearns worked for CBS, Inc. and Kotula advertising company in Greenwich, Connecticut. He then started his own company as president and chief operating officer of Stearns House, Inc., which managed, operated and owned motels and restaurants in Florida. Earlier, he was a captain in the United States Air Force and served four years as an aerospace project engineer providing satellite reconnaissance of Vietnam. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for distinguished service and meritorious achievement and later received the Air Force Association W. Stuart Symington Award, the highest honor presented to a civilian in the field of national security. He was also honored with the St. Gabriel Possenti Medallion Award and the Charles Dick Medal of Merit.

Congressman Stearns earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.