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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release November 21, 1996


The White House announced today that Lanny J. Davis will join the White House Counsel's office as Special Counsel, effective December 9, to serve as press spokesman on certain legal issues, including those relating to the Whitewater and Travel Office investigations, and to recent questions regarding campaign contributions.

Mr. Davis has been a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Patton Boggs since 1978. He has also been active in the Democratic Party and in national, state, and local politics. Mr. Davis has appeared as a private citizen on a number of television and radio programs to address questions relating to the issues he will work on in the Counsel's office.

He replaces Mark Fabiani, who has resigned from the Counsel's office after having served for the past year and a half as White House spokesman on these issues.

Mr. Davis served three terms as a representative of the state of Maryland on the Democratic National Committee. He served on the DNC Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Eastern Region Caucus. He is a former Chairman of the Washington Suburban Transit Commission and of the Commission on Reorganization of Montgomery County (MD) Government.

The author of The Emerging Democratic Majority: Lessons and Legacies from the New Politics (1973), Mr. Davis received his B.A. from Yale College and his LL.B. from Yale Law School. He joined Patton Boggs in 1975 after two years with the Arnold & Porter law firm in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Davis and his wife, Carolyn Atwell-Davis, reside in Potomac, Maryland.