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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 5, 1994
                           AND WESTERN SAMOA

President Clinton announced today that he intends to nominate Josiah Beeman to be the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and to Western Samoa.

"Josiah Beeman's career has been marked by both accomplishment and concern," said the President. "He will serve our country well as Ambassador."

Beeman, currently the president of his own consulting firm, Beeman and Associates, was the first Staff Director of the Democratic Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served as Chief Deputy Director of Finance and Director of the Washington Office for the State of California. Before coming to Washington, Beeman served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Beeman is a national leader of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and has served as chair of the Church's General Assembly Council. He currently is active working for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, serving as chair of the Northern Ireland Working Group of the Presbyterian Church, and as a member of the Interchurch Committee on Northern Ireland.

A 58 year old California native, Beeman is a graduate of the California State University in San Francisco. He is married to Linda L. Beeman.

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