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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 8, 2001

     President Clinton today announced his intention to re-appoint Birch

Bayh as a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The Honorable Birch Evans Bayh, Jr., of Washington, DC, is a Partner at the Washington law firm of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, LLP. He served as a United States Senator from Indiana from 1963 to 1981, capping a political career that began in 1954 at age 26 with his election to the Indiana House of Representatives, where he served as Speaker and Minority Leader. As ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Bayh wrote and sponsored two amendments to the Constitution, the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Amendments. No other lawmaker since the Founding Fathers has written two amendments to the Constitution. After entering the private sector, Senator Bayh was the Chair of the National Institute Against Prejudice and Violence, and served as a Trustee of the Robert A. Taft Institute for Government. Senator Bayh was chair of the AMTRAK Labor/Management Productivity Council, and was co-chair of the University of Virginia's Commission on Presidential Disability and the Twenty-fifth Amendment. He also was a member of the Miller Center Commission on Federal Judicial Selection. He serves on the Board of Directors of ICN Pharmaceuticals and the Simon Property Group.

Senator Bayh received his B.S. from Purdue University and a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has responsibility for the selection of participants in the Fulbright educational exchange programs. The Board also oversees the policies of the Fulbright program. In any given year, more than 6,000 students, scholars, teachers, and trainees are awarded new or renewed grants under the program. The Fulbright Program, which is administered through the Department of State, finances studies, research, and other educational activities for American citizens and nationals abroad and for citizens and nationals of foreign countries in American universities. The Fulbright Program also promotes American studies in foreign countries, foreign language training and area studies in the United States and abroad.