THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES CHARLES R. RAWLS AS GENERAL COUNSEL AT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
The President today announced his intent to nominate Charles R. Rawls to serve as General Counsel at the Department of Agriculture.
Mr. Charles R. Rawls, of Raleigh, North Carolina, is currently the Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Agriculture. Since 1993, he served as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Richard Rominger. In this capacity, he has worked closely with the Secretary and Deputy Secretary in all matters of management, policy, and planning at the Department. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Rawls served first as legislative counsel and later as chief of staff to Representative Martin Lancaster. From 1985 to 1988, he was the Associate General Counsel to the Committee on Agriculture, U.S. House of Representatives. From 1983 to 1985, he served as Staff Director and Counsel to the Subcommittee on Forests, Family Farms, and Energy, Committee on Agriculture, U.S. House of Representatives.
Mr. Rawls received his B.A. in Business Management from North Carolina State University and his J.D. from Campbell University School of Law.
The General Counsel, the chief law officer of the Department of Agriculture, serves as the legal advisor to the Secretary and other officials of the department. The Office of the General Counsel includes eighteen field offices and is responsible for providing legal services for all departmental activities and collaborates with the Department of Justice in all litigation arising from the Department of Agriculture.