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Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release July 17, 2000
                         AS DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF

     Washington, DC -- Vice President Al Gore today announced that Nancy

E. McFadden will join his office as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Ms. McFadden is currently General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

"I welcome Nancy McFadden to my office, where she will be a very important part of our effort to make progress on the Administration's agenda for the country," Vice President Gore said. "Nancy's leadership and ability to get things done will be invaluable assets to me and my staff."

Ms. McFadden replaces Monica Dixon, who is joining the Vice President's campaign in Nashville. "Monica has been a tremendously important part of my office and the work of this Administration over the past several years. Her experience and skills helped us make real progress in creating and implementing policies that improve people's lives, " Vice President Gore said.

Ms. McFadden has served as General Counsel of the Department of Transportation since 1995, when she was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate. As the third ranking official in the Department, she served as the Chief Legal Officer among more than 600 lawyers and advised the Secretary of Transportation on safety regulations, civil rights, environmental, consumer, international and other issues. She also worked with the Secretary on important policy issues and was one the principal spokespeople of the Department.

"Nancy has been a wise and powerful force in advancing transportation safety and our goals to improve the quality of life of all Americans," Secretary Slater said. "She worked successfully with Members of Congress to develop legislation that is providing the largest investment in transportation in history. Her determination also is bringing about better access to transportation for people with disabilities and continuing access to jobs for minorities and other disadvantaged businesses."

Prior to working at DOT, Ms. McFadden was with the Justice Department, where she dealt with antitrust, civil rights, environment protection and other matters. She served on the Clinton Gore campaign team in 1992 and was Deputy Communications Director on the transition team in the Office of the President-elect. In private practice, she was with the law firm of O'Melveny and Myers in Washington, DC.

As Deputy Chief of Staff, Ms. McFadden will work with Chief of Staff Charles Burson in coordinating and advancing the Administration's agenda within the Executive Branch and on Capitol Hill. She will play a key role in acting as a liaison between the office of the Vice President and the White House and the President's Cabinet.

Ms. McFadden is a native of San Jose, California and graduated from San Jose State University and the University of Virginia School of Law. She was the youngest person ever to be appointed by the California State Senate to the California Postsecondary Education Commission, and she is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law and Washingtonian's Forty Best Lawyers Under Forty. She resides in Washington, DC.