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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release October 4, 1999

PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ROY E. BARNES AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL

DROUGHT POLICY COMMISSION

The President today announced his intent to appoint Roy E. Barnes to serve as Member of the National Drought Policy Commission.

Mr. Roy E. Barnes, of Atlanta, Georgia, was newly elected as the 80th Governor of Georgia in 1998. In 1993, Mr. Barnes was elected to the State House of Representatives where he served as Vice-Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and was a member of the Rules Committee and Banks and Banking Committee until 1999. Mr. Barnes served on the State Senate for sixteen years, from 1975 to 1991. He was elected to the first of eight terms in the State Senate at age 26. Four years into his Senate tenure, Mr. Barnes was named Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and in 1983, he was chosen by Governor Joe Frank Harris to be the Administration Floor Leader, a position he held until 1989. From 1972 to 1974, Mr. Barnes was a prosecutor in the Cobb District Attorney's office. Since 1975, Mr. Barnes has maintained a private law practice in Cobb County.

Mr. Barnes received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and a J.D. from the University of Georgia Law School.

The National Drought Policy Act of 1998 establishes the National Drought Policy Commission (NDPC) to provide advice and recommendations on the creation of an integrated, coordinated Federal policy designed to prepare and respond to serious drought emergencies. The NDPC is also to conduct a thorough study and submit a report to the President and Congress on national drought policy.

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