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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 1, 1997
                       U.S. AMBASSADOR TO CANADA

President Clinton today announced his nomination of Gordon D. Giffin to be Ambassador to Canada.

Mr. Giffin, of Atlanta, Georgia, is currently a partner with the Atlanta firm of Long, Aldridge & Norman. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Trees Atlanta Foundation, The Atlanta Historical Society and The Atlanta Ballet. Mr. Giffin has been an adjunct professor of law at Emory University School of Law. From 1979 to 1984, he was with the law firm of Hansell and Post. Prior to 1979, Mr. Giffin served as Director of Legislative Affairs and Chief Counsel to United States Senator Sam Nunn. In 1974, he served as an associate attorney at McCurdy, Candler and Harris in Decatur, Georgia.

Mr. Giffin lived in Montreal and Toronto, Canada for seventeen years. He earned a B.A. from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina in 1971 and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia in 1974. Mr. Giffin is married to Patti Alfred Giffin and they have one daughter, Kelley.