THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOSEPH E. BRENNAN AS COMMISSIONER OF THE FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION
The President today announced his intent to nominate former Maine Governor Joseph E. Brennan to serve as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission.
Mr. Joseph E. Brennan, of Portland, Maine has had one of the longest and most distinguished political careers in Maine history. From 1987-1991, he served as a Congressman representing Maine's First District. He served on the Armed Services Committee and the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, the committee responsible for oversight of the U.S. Merchant Fleet. From 1979-1987, he served as Governor of Maine. His administration was recognized for its leadership in education and economic development. Mr. Brennan served as Chairman of the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in 1982. He was Attorney General from 1975-1979 and handled the historic Maine Indian Lands Claim Case. He was a State Senator from 1973-1975, District Attorney for Cumberland County from 1971-1973 and was a Representative in the Maine House from 1965-1971. From 1991-1994, Mr. Brennan was an attorney with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand.
Mr. Brennan received a B.A. degree from Boston College and a J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law.
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is a bipartisan, independent federal agency which regulates waterborne foreign and domestic offshore commerce, and assures fair, equitable and open international seaborne trade between the U.S. and other nations.