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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 23, 1997
                        U.S. AMBASSADOR TO MEXICO

The President today announced his intent to nominate William F. Weld, Governor of Massachusetts, to be United States Ambassador to Mexico.

Governor Weld, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, after graduating from law school, served as a law clerk with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 1970. Governor Weld then worked for 10 years at the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow, where he was a partner. In 1974, he served as Associate Minority Counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee during its Watergate impeachment inquiry. He was named U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. In 1986, Governor Weld was appointed Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C. He resigned from that post in 1988 and joined the Boston law firm of Hale & Dorr, where he served as a senior partner until his election as Governor of Massachusetts in 1990. He was elected to a second term in 1994, receiving 71 percent of the vote.

Governor Weld graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1966 and received a diploma in Economics and Political Science, with distinction, from Oxford University in 1967. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1970. He and his wife, Susan Roosevelt Weld, have five children and live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Susan Weld, who holds a law degree and a doctorate in Chinese from Harvard University, teaches Chinese and Japanese law at Boston College Law School and is a research fellow at East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School.