THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RICHARD L. MORNINGSTAR FOR U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE EUROPEAN UNION
The President today announced his intent to nominate Richard L. Morningstar to be U.S. Ambassador to the European Union with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
Mr. Richard Morningstar, of Newton, Massachusetts, currently serves as Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State for Caspian Basin Energy Development. He was first appointed to the Administration as Senior Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and was later named Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Assistance to the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union. From 1981 to 1993, Mr. Morningstar served as President and then Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Costar Corporation in Acton, Massachusetts. An experienced litigator, he was a partner with the Peabody & Brown law firm in Boston from 1976 to 1981 and later taught at the Boston College Law School.
Mr. Morningstar earned a B.A. in Government from Harvard University in 1967, graduating Magna Cum Laude and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1970.