THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES THREE TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADVISORY BOARD
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to the Social Security Advisory Board:
Senator Harlan Mathews of Tennessee will be appointed Chair of the Social Security Advisory Board upon his confirmation. Senator Mathews served as a member of the U.S. Senate from January 3, 1993 through December 2, 1994. Prior to entering the Senate, he led a long and distinguished career in Tennessee state government. Senator Mathews served on the staff of Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter, serving as secretary of the Cabinet, until January 2, 1993. In 1974, Senator Mathews was elected State Treasurer, a position which he held until 1987 -- longer than anyone in Tennessee history. As State Treasurer, Senator Mathews administered a statewide public employee pension program. From 1950 to 1973, Senator Mathews served in a number of state government positions, including member of the budget staff of Governor Frank Clement, Commissioner of the Department of Finance and Administration and Legislative Assistant to the state Comptroller. Senator Mathews received a Bachelor's degree in Business from Jacksonville State University in Alabama and a M.A. from Vanderbilt University.
William C. Brooks of Michigan is Vice President of Corporate Relations for the General Motors Corporation. He is Chairman of GM's Contributions Planning Board and Chairman of the GM Foundation, which includes educational grants. He is also Chairman of the Board and President of Motor Enterprises, Inc., a subsidiary of General Motors which is a specialized small business investment company. Mr. Brooks is on the Board of Directors of many community organizations including Michigan's Children, Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, the Henry Ford Health System, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is also Chairman of the City of Detroit Private Industry Council. Previously, Mr. Brooks served as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards in the Bush Administration. Mr. Brooks received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Long Island University, a Master's degree from the University of Oklahoma and completed the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.
Gerald M. Shea of the District of Columbia has been serving as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL- CIO since May 11, 1994 and is currently a member of the Advisory Council on Social Security. Prior to becoming Secretary- Treasurer, he was Director of the Employee Benefits Department of the AFL-CIO. Previously, Mr. Shea held the position of Assistant to the President for Government Affairs at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). He began his tenure with SEIU in 1972 as an organizer for the Massachusetts Hospital Workers Organizing Committee. Subsequent to that time, he served the union in various capacities including Executive Director of Local 880, Business Manager of Local 285, and Health Care Coordinator and SEIU Health Care Division Director. Mr. Shea is a graduate of Boston College.
The Social Security Advisory Board was created by Public Law 103-296 in 1994 and consists of seven members. The Board is responsible for advising the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration on policies related to old-age, survivors, and the disability insurance program and the supplemental security income program.