Joseph J. DioGuardi
Joseph J. DioGuardi, CPA, served as a member of Congress for two terms, from 1985 through 1988. Before coming to Congress, he was a practicing CPA who served 22 years with the international accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co.; for 12 of those years, he was a partner of the firm. In 1984, he became the first practicing certified public accountant ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a leading human rights advocate, and he took the lead in sounding the call for federal financial reform. After leaving Congress, he established a nonpartisan foundation, Truth in Government, and published a book titled Unaccountable Congress: It Doesn’t Add Up. DioGuardi currently serves on the board of directors of several privately- and publicly-held U.S. corporations. He was born and raised in the Bronx by his father, who emigrated from Albania, and a first-generation Italian-American mother. He graduated from Fordham University with honors in 1962.