THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES NED McWHERTER TO THE AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION
The President today announced his intent to appoint Ned McWherter to be a member of the American Battle Monuments Commission.
Mr. Ned R. McWherter, of Dresden, Tennessee, was the Governor of Tennessee from 1987 to 1995. During his tenure as governor, Tennessee enjoyed a period of record economic growth and development, and was twice ranked as the best fiscally managed state. Governor McWherter's political career began in 1968 when he was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives. After serving just two terms, he was elected Speaker of the House, was the Chairman of the House Calendar and Rules Committee, and was a member of the Finance, Ways and Means Committee and the House General Welfare Committee. He has also served on the boards of several corporations and financial institutions, and was a member of the Board of Governors of the Council of State Governments and the Executive Committee of the Southern Conference. Before beginning his political career, Governor McWherter operated several small businesses and served for 21 years in the Tennessee National Guard before retiring with the rank of captain.
The American Battle Monuments Commission is responsible for commemorating the U.S. Armed Forces in locations where they have served since April 6, 1917, by designing, constructing, operating and maintaining permanent American military burial grounds on foreign soil. The Commission also controls the erection of military monuments and markers in foreign countries by other American citizens, both in the public and private sectors. The Commission operates and maintains 24 burial grounds for War Dead and 73 memorial structures worldwide.