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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 19, 1994

     President Clinton today announced his intention to appoint Mayor

Bruce Todd and Mayor Victor Ashe as members of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

Bruce Todd of Texas has been the Mayor of the City of Austin, Texas since 1991. Mayor Todd was appointed as a member of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations by President Bush in 1992. From 1987 to 1990, he served as Commissioner of Travis County, and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1974. Mayor Todd was a Senior Consultant with Glass & Company in Austin from 1977 to 1981, and was a former partner with Mueller, Todd and Company. He has been involved with numerous national and state activities, including the Youth, Education and Family Commission at the National League of Cities, the Advisory Board of the United States Conference of Mayors, a Board Member of the Texas Municipal League and Chair of Mayors United on Safety, Crime and Law Enforcement. Mayor Todd obtained a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

Victor Ashe of Tennessee currently serves as the Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee. Mayor Ashe was appointed by President Bush as a member of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations in 1992. He is President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and serves on the Advisory Board of the National League of Cities. He was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1968 and served six years in the House before being elected to the State Senate, where he served for nine years. In 1985 he was appointed Executive Director of the President's Commission on American Outdoors. In 1988, he began his successful campaign for Mayor and was reelected to a second term in 1991. Mayor Ashe is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Tennessee School of Law.

The Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations was established for the purpose of bringing together representatives of the Federal, State and local governments for the consideration of specific issues and common problems in the areas of taxation and finance, metropolitan areas, and governmental structures and functions. The primary role of the Commission is to provide an intergovernmental problem-solving forum to produce improved cooperation among the levels of government and a more effective functioning of the federal system.