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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 14, 1993


President Clinton announced his intention to appoint ten members to the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR) today. Among them is former Mississippi Governor William Winter, who will serve as ACIR's Chair.

The Commission was created during the 1970s to foster better relations between all levels of government. Its primary functions are to provide an intergovernmental problem-solving forum, policy recommendations for intergovernmental cooperation, identification of emerging issues, information dissemination, and technical and international assistance.

"As a former governor and state attorney general, I am committed to improving cooperation between governments at all levels," said the President. "When people want something done by the government, they don't care whether it gets done by the county, by the state, or by the federal government, they just want the job done. The talented, experienced, and diverse group of people that I am appointing to this commission, with Governor Winter taking the lead, will work to find ways to help find public servants at all levels achieve that goal."

The commissioners being appointed are:

William F. Winter, Former Governor of Mississippi Carol Browner, EPA Administrator
Howard Dean, Governor of Vermont
Marcia L. Hale, White House Director of Intergovernmental

Arthur Hamilton, Minority Leader, Arizona House of

Michael Leavitt, Governor of Utah
Bob Miller, Governor of Nevada
Gloria Molina, Member, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisers Richard Riley, Secretary of Education
John Stroger, Commissioner of Cook County, IL and Immediate Past

President of the National Association of Counties

Brief biographical sketches of the appointees are attached.

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                      BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

     William F. Winter, who served as Governor of Mississippi 

from 1980-84, is currently a partner in the law firm of Watkins, Ludlam and Stennis in Jackson, Mississippi. Before being elected Governor, he served the state of Mississippi in the state House of Representatives, as Treasurer, and as Lieutenant Governor. He is involved in numerous honorific educational associations and public service organizations.

Carol M. Browner is the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with the mission of promoting public health by protecting the nation's air, water, and soil. From 1991-93, she was Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, the nation's third largest environmental agency. She had previously worked in Washington, DC for then-Senators Lawton Chiles and Al Gore, and for Citizens Action, a grassroots consumer group. Browner, a South Florida native, began working on environmental issues in 1980 as General Counsel for the Florida House of Representatives Government Operations Committee. She and her husband, Michael Podhorzer, have a five-year-old son.

Howard Dean became Governor of Vermont upon the death of Governor Richard A. Snelling on August 14, 1991, and was elected to a full two-year term in November 1992. The Governor is the Vice-Chair of the National Governors Association. He also chairs the New England Governors' Conference, and co-chairs the National Governors' Association Task Force on Health Care. He had previously served as lieutenant governor from 1986-91, and was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1983- 86. A specialist in internal medicine, he practiced in Shelburne, Vermont until becoming governor. Dean, 44, holds a bachelors degree from Yale University and medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He did his residency at the Medical Center Hospital of New York. He and his wife, Dr. Judith Steinberg Dean, have two children.

Marcia L. Hale serves in the White House as Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Prior to joining the White House staff, Hale was Political Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and served as a consultant to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the 1990 election cycle. During the 1988 Presidential campaign, Hale served as convention manager and southern field director for Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis. She has also worked in Washington for South Carolina Congressman Butler Derrick, Governor Richard Riley and Senator Ernest Hollings. Before beginning an active political career, she assisted San Francisco Supervisor Dianne Feinstein in a downtown redevelopment plan, and was assistant county planner for Aiken County, SC. She holds her B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina.

Arthur M. Hamilton is the Minority Leader of the Arizona House of Representatives, having served in that capacity since 1981. He has represented his southwest Phoenix district since 1973. In addition to his leadership responsibilities, he serves on the committees on Education, Ways and Means, Legislative Council, Joint Legislative Tax, and House Legislative Ethics. Widely recognized as an articulate and persuasive spokesman, Hamilton is active in several local and national organizations including the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, American Council of Young Political Leaders, and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NSCL). He is employed as a Public Affairs Representative for Salt River Project, a Phoenix-based water and electric company, and is the father of three children.

Mike Leavitt was elected Governor of Utah last year after having worked as president and CEO of The Leavitt Group, a regional insurance firm with 34 offices in the western United States. He has been a member of the Utah State Board of Regents, which oversees Utah's nine colleges and universities, as well as serving for four years as chair of the Southern Utah State University Board of Trustees. In addition, he has been on the boards of directors of such corporations as Pacificorp, Utah Power & Light, and Great Western Thrift and Loan. Leavitt also chaired the Education Subcommittee on the Utah Commission for Efficiency and Economy in Government. Before entering elective politics himself, Leavitt served as a campaign manager for other statewide candidates, including U.S. Senators Jake Garn and Orrin Hatch. He is married, and has five children.

Bob Miller has served as Governor since 1989, when he took the seat vacated by then-Governor Richard Bryan's election to the U.S. Senate. Miller, who had served as lieutenant governor for two years, was then elected in his own right in 1990. He had served two terms as Clark County District Attorney before being elected to statewide office. He had also been legal advisor to the Las Vegas Police Department, and justice of the peace for Las Vegas Township. Miller earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Santa Clara and his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Sandy, have three children.

Gloria Molina was first elected to office in 1982 as State Assemblywoman for the 56th District. In 1987, she was elected to the Los Angeles City Council where she served as the Councilwoman of the First District until 1991. In February of 1991 she was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. She is the first Latina in history elected to the State Legislature, the City Council, and the County Board of Supervisors. Prior serving in elective office, Molina served as a Deputy for Presidential Personnel in the Carter White House, and as Deputy Director for the Department of Health and Human Services in San Francisco. The eldest of 10 children, Molina is married to Ron Martinez and has one daughter.

Richard W. Riley was confirmed as Secretary of Education by unanimous consent of the Senate on January 21, 1993. From 1978- 86, he was Governor of South Carolina, the first person ever to be elected to two terms in that post. During that time, he made an indelible mark on public education and gained a national reputation as a leader in the area of quality education reform. Riley had previously served as a South Carolina State Representative and Senator, and as legal counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as working with his family's law firm in South Carolina. Before joining the Clinton Administration, he was a senior partner with the South Carolina law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough. Riley, a Navy veteran, is a graduate of Furman University. He and his wife, the former Ann Osteen Yarborough, have four children.

John H. Stroger has been a Cook County Commissioner for 23 years, and currently serves as chairman of the board's Finance Committee. He is also the Immideate Past President of the National Association of Counties (NACo). As NACo President, he focues on health care reform and held regional hearings across the country on that topic. He has represented the interests of county governments before Congress and the executive branch and worked with the National Governors Association on a number of issues. In addition, Stroger has a private law practice in Chicago and has been an active member of the Chicaco and Cook County Bar Associations and of numerous civic activities. An Arkansas native, Stroger holds degrees from Xavier University of Louisiana and the DePaul University College of Law. He and his wife, Yonnie Rita Stroger, have two children. He is 64 years old.