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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 17, 1993

President Clinton announced today that he is designating Gael McDonald, who has been serving as acting chair of the Interstate Commerce Commission, to be Chair of the ICC, and that he intends to nominate Linda J. Morgan as a Commission member.

Gael McDonald has been serving on the Interstate Commerce Commission since 1990. Prior to her nomination, she spent eight years as associate director of regulatory affairs at the Gas Research Institute. She had previously worked in Washington as director of energy conservation services for Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Norma H. Eagleton, and as a legislative aide to Senator David Boren. She had also been an aide to Boren when he was Governor of Oklahoma. McDonald began her career as an educator, teaching at Oklahoma State University, Tulsa Junior College, Langston University, and Cooke County Junior College. McDonald, 49 holds a B.A. and M.A. from Texas Christian University. She and her husband, Danny Les McDonald, have one daughter.

Linda J. Morgan has been general counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee since 1987. From 1978-86, she was a staff counsel on the committee's Democratic staff. She had previously been an associate with the Washington law firm of Walch & Morgan. A Washington native, Morgan holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Program for Senior Managers in Government. She and her husband Michael B. Karam, have one daughter. Morgan is 41 years old.

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