THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JACK E. HIGHTOWER AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL
COMMISSION ON LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
The President today announced his intent to nominate Jack E. Hightower to serve as a member of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.
Justice Jack E. Hightower, of Austin, Texas, is Counsel to the law firm of Hilgers and Watkins in Austin. He was first elected to the Texas Supreme Court in 1988 and served until 1996. He served as First Assistant Attorney General of Texas from 1985-1987. From 1975-1984, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving on the Agriculture, Appropriations, and Government Operations Committees. Justice Hightower was a member of the Texas Senate from 1964-1975 where he served as President Pro Tempore. He previously served as District Attorney for the 46th Judicial District from 1955-1961, and in the Texas House of Representatives from 1952-1955. Justice Hightower received B.A. and LL.B. degrees from Baylor University and an LL.M. from the University of Virginia Law School.
The National Commission on Libraries and Information Science was established in 1970 to plan and advise governments and agencies on library and information services to meet the needs of the people of the United States through federal cooperation with state and local governments, and public and private agencies.