THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES BARBARA LARKIN TO BE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
President Clinton today announced the nomination of Barbara Mills Larkin of North Carolina to be Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs.
Ms. Larkin is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary of Legislative Affairs (Senate) at the Department of State, where she has focused on legislative initiatives supporting the Middle East Peace process, the North Korean Framework Agreement, and the deployment of U.S. troops to Bosnia.
Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Larkin served as legislative director and counsel to Senator Dianne Feinstein. From 1986-1992, she was chief counsel and foreign policy advisor to Senator Terry Sanford who was a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Ms. Larkin was also a professional staff member of the Subcommittee on Near East and South Asia Affairs. In addition, she served as a legislative assistant to Representative Michael T. Blouin from 1974 to 1975. Ms. Larkin practiced law for nine years in Raleigh, North Carolina with the firm of Sanford, Adams, McCullough, and Beard.
Ms. Larkin was born July 26, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa. She is a graduate of Clarke College and the University of Iowa College of Law.
The Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs is primarily responsible for directing the Administration's foreign policy efforts on Capitol Hill. The Assistant Secretary also devises strategies in coordination with all Cabinet agencies and bureaus, other national security agencies, and the White House to obtain Congressional approval of legislation, treaties, and Departmental nominations.