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THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                             (Las Vegas, Nevada)
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For Immediate Release                                    July 28, 1997

                   PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES PETER L. SCHER AS
                SPECIAL TRADE NEGOTIATOR FOR AGRICULTURE AT USTR

President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Peter L. Scher with the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as the Special Trade Negotiator for Agriculture in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Mr. Scher, of Washington, D.C., was Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1996 to 1997, and served as the Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for coordinating all Department of Commerce activities with the White House and other Federal agencies. He served as a member of the President's Management Council and as a principal policy advisor to Secretary Kantor. Prior to this, Mr. Scher was Chief of Staff to the U.S. Trade Representative from 1995 to 1996, and served as a principal advisor to Ambassador Kantor regarding trade negotiations, legislation and other policy issues. Before joining the Clinton Administration, Mr. Scher was Staff Director for the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works from 1993 to 1995, and Chief of Staff to United States Senator Max Baucus from 1991 to 1993. Previously, Mr. Scher practiced law with the Washington, D.C. Office of Keck, Mahin & Cate. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the American University in l983 and his Juris Doctor from the American University's Washington College of Law in l987. Mr. Scher is a member of the Bar Associations of New York State and Washington, D.C.

As Special Trade Negotiator for Agriculture, Mr. Scher will conduct trade negotiations and assist the United States Trade Representative in developing and coordinating the implementation of United States international trade policy.

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