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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 10, 1995
                         REGULATORY COMMISSION

        The President today announced his intent to re-nominate James

J. Hoecker of Virginia as a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Mr. Hoecker has ably served on the Commission since May, 1993.

Prior to joining the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Mr. Hoecker was of counsel at the law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue where his practice focused on regulatory and legislative issues concerning natural gas and electric power. Mr. Hoecker previously worked at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from 1979 to 1988 in various positions including Assistant General Counsel for Gas and Oil Litigation; Assistant General Counsel for Rulemaking and Legislative Analysis and Legal Advisor to Commissioners Mathew Holden and Georgianna Sheldon. Mr. Hoecker holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.

In his capacity as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Mr. Hoecker will participate in approving just and reasonable rates and terms for the transmission and sale of electric power in interstate commerce and for the transportation and sale for resale of natural gas in interstate commerce. The Commission also sets rates for the transportation of oil and petroleum products by pipeline, regulates public utility mergers, securities issuances and other corporate matters. In addition, it has authority to investigate, issue, revoke, and enforce the licenses and permits for the construction, operation and maintenance of hydroelectric dams, water conduits, reservoirs and transmission lines.