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Public Papers - 1989

Nomination of Wendell Lewis Willkie II To Be General Counsel of the Department of Commerce


The President today announced his intention to nominate Wendell Lewis Willkie II to be General Counsel of the Department of Commerce. He would succeed Robert H. Brumley II.

Mr. Willkie was counsel in the office of the President-elect, 1988 - 1989, and has served as special counsel to Bush-Quayle '88. He was General Counsel at the Department of Education, 1985 - 1988, and Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Secretary of the Department of Education, 1985. Mr. Willkie was Associate Counsel to the President at the White House, 1984 - 1985, and General Counsel for the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1982 - 1984. He was also an associate with the law firm of Simpson, Thacher   Bartlett in New York City, 1978 - 1982.

Mr. Willkie graduated from Harvard College (B.A., 1973); Oxford University, Rhodes Scholarship (B.A., 1975; M.A., 1983); and the University of Chicago (J.D., 1978). He was born October 29, 1951, in Indianapolis, IN. He is married and resides in Washington, DC.

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