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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 25, 1993


President Clinton announced his intention today to nominate M. Larry Lawrence to be Ambassador to Switzerland and his intention to appointed Shelia Davis Lawrence to be Special U.S. Representative to the World Conservation Union.

"Larry and Shelia Lawrence are two of the most concerned, active, and able people that I know," said the President. "I look forward to the work that they will do for our country in Geneva."

M. Larry Lawrence, a licensed general contractor, real estate broker, insurance broker and agent, is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, or partner of numerous companies. Among them are China Basin Properties, Ltd., Del Coronado Travel & Properties, and the Lawrence Investment Group, plus many others. He is also highly active in professional and community activities ranging from the Young Home Builders of America to the Urban Coalition, to the United Jewish Appeal. Lawrence, a Chicago native and graduate of the University of Arizona, has been actively involved in Democratic Party affairs for many years, serving on County and State Democratic Central Committees in California from 1952-86.

Shelia Davis Lawrence is a business, political, and civic affairs activist. She currently serves as a board member and Senior Vice President for Public Affairs of the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, CA, and as Chair of the Board of Directors of San Diego's Ocean Edge Corporation. Among the other business which she is involved are US Oceanics, Inc. Lawrence is also active in commercial development and historic preservation, and in Democratic politics. In 1992, she served as the Clinton/Gore campaign's Southern California Chair, directing a corps of more than 2,000 volunteers in the regions's first successful Democratic campaign since the 1940s. A native of West Virginia, she has a B.S. from East Tennessee State University.

The Lawrences live in Coronado, California.

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