THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES HIS INTENT TO APPOINT WILLIAM A. BIBLE,
ROBERT WAYNE LOESCHER AND RICHARD CARL LEONE TO THE NATIONAL GAMBLING IMPACT STUDY COMMISSION
Today the President announced his intent to appoint William A. Bible, Robert Wayne Loescher, and Richard Carl Leone as Members of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission.
William A. Bible, of Carson City, Nevada, is Chairman of the State Gaming Control Board for the State of Nevada and is responsible for the direction and administration of the Board and its staff. The Gaming Control Board ensures compliance with gaming statutes and regulations by some 2,300 licensees throughout Nevada. Mr. Bible was appointed Chairman in 1988, reappointed for additional four-year terms in 1993 and 1997. Prior to serving in this position, Mr. Bible served as Director of Nevada's Administration Department. From 1983 to 1988, Mr. Bible prepared and presented the biennial budget for all state programs and employees to the Nevada State Legislature. Mr. Bible holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Robert Wayne Loescher, of Juneau, Alaska, is a Member of the Tlingit Tribe of Alaska and is the Executive Vice President of Natural Resources Management of Sealaska Corporation, where he has served since 1978. Mr. Loescher has executive authority over Sealaska Corporation's Natural Resource Department. In this position, he was responsible for the management of corporate natural resource assets which include 330,000 acres of tribal land and 600,000 acres of tribal subsurface estate. From 1972 to 1978, Mr. Loescher served as Executive Director of the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority. Mr. Loescher also served as an elected tribal judge, a Councilman on the Juneau City Council and an Assemblyman for the Unified City and Borough of Juneau. Mr. Loescher holds a B.A. from Fort Lewis College.
Richard C. Leone, of New Jersey, is the President of the Twentieth Century Fund, a non- profit public policy research institution. Mr. Leone served as Commissioner and later as Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 1988 to 1994. During the 1980s, Mr. Leone was President of the New York Merchantile Exchange and subsequently a Managing Director of Dillon Read and Co., Inc. During the 1970s, he served as the State Treasurer of New Jersey and was a member of the faculty at Princeton University. Mr. Leone holds an A.B. from the University of Rochester and he received his M.P.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.
The National Gambling Impact Study Commission was created by legislation signed into law in August 1996. The Act directs the Commission to conduct a comprehensive legal and factual study of the social and economic impacts of gambling in the United States. The President, the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader each appoint three Members to the Commission. The Commission will submit the results of their study in a report to Congress no later than two years after the Commission's first meeting.