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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 12, 1997
                      U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE HOLY SEE

President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Representative Corinne C. Lindy Boggs to be United States Ambassador to the Holy See.

Representative Boggs, of New Orleans, Louisiana, served nine terms as a Member of Congress from Louisiana's Second District, succeeding her husband, House Majority Leader Hale Boggs. During her tenure in Congress, Rep. Boggs served on the House Appropriations Committee. She also served on the Select Committee for Children, Youth and Families, where she chaired the Crisis Intervention Task Force. In addition, she spearheaded legislation on issues ranging from civil rights to credit access and government service pay equity for women. Rep. Boggs' other interests focus on scientific research and technology development and housing issues. In 1988, Tulane University dedicated The Lindy Claiborne Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology.

Rep. Boggs served as a Member of the U.S. delegation to the installation of Pope John Paul I in Rome, and as a Member of the U.S. delegation to welcome Pope John Paul II to Alaska. She was also a member of the Host Committee for Pope John Paul II's official visit to New Orleans. Rep Boggs earned a B.A. from Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane University in New Orleans in 1935. She holds 20 honorary doctorate degrees from universities and colleges throughout the United States.