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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release May 4, 1999

PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JAMES LEWIS TO SERVE AS DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC IMPACT AND DIVERSITY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate James Lewis as Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the Department of Energy.

Mr. James B. Lewis, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, has served as the City Administrator for Rio Rancho since 1996. From 1995-1996, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the New Mexico State Corporation Commission. In 1995, he served as the Director of the Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division of the New Mexico State Land Office. From 1990-1994, he was Chief of Staff to Governor Bruce King. Mr. Lewis served as State Treasurer from 1985-1990. From 1983-1985, he was Bernalillo County Treasurer. He previously worked as a criminal investigator for the Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office. Mr. Lewis received a B.A. degree in Education from Bishop College, a B.S./A.S. degree in Business Administration from the National College of Business, and a M.A. degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico.

The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity advises the Secretary of Energy on the effects of energy policies, regulations, and other actions of the Department and its components on minorities, minority business enterprises, and minority education institutions, and on ways to ensure that minorities are afforded an opportunity to participate in programs of the Department.

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