THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOSEPH LANE KIRKLAND TO BE AN ALTERNATE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE FIFTIETH SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED NATIONS President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate
Joseph Lane Kirkland to be an Alternate Representative to the fiftieth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Mr. Kirkland is the former President of the AFL-CIO. Prior to his election, in 1979, as President, he had served for ten years as Secretary-Treasurer, the AFL-CIO's second highest office.
Mr. Kirkland graduated in 1942 from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, Long Island, New York and served throughout World War II as a deck officer aboard various merchant vessels, gaining an unlimited license as Master Mariner. After the war, he entered the U. S. Navy's hydrographic office as a nautical scientist, while studying at night at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown in 1948.
He then joined the staff of the AFL, leaving in 1958 to become Director of Research and Education of the International Union of Operating Engineers. In 1960 he returned to the AFL-CIO as Executive Assistant to the President. In 1969, he was elected Secretary-Treasurer, and, in 1979, President of the Federation. He retired from that office in August of 1995.