Nominations, March 18, 1981

Nomination of A. James Barnes To Be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture

March 18, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate A. James Barnes to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture.

Mr. Barnes is a partner with the firm of Beveridge, Fairbanks & Diamond of Washington, D.C. He is an adjunct professor, School of Business Administration, Georgetown University. In 1973 Mr. Barnes served as assistant to the Deputy Attorney General. In 1970 - 73 he was assistant to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Barnes was trial attorney and special assistant to the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division of the Department of Justice, in 1969 - 70. In 1967 - 69 he was assistant professor, Graduate School of Business, Indiana University.

Mr. Barnes was graduated from Michigan State University (B.A., 1964) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1967). Mr. Barnes is married to the former Sarah Jane Hughes, and they have one child. He resides with his family in Washington, D.C. Mr. Barnes was born in Napoleon, Ohio, on August 30, 1942.

Nomination of Loren A. Smith To Be Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States

March 18, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Loren A. Smith to be Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States for a term of 5 years.

Mr. Smith has been an associate professor of law at Delaware Law School, Widener University, since November 1976. Prior to that, he served as special assistant to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. In 1973 - 74 he was assistant to the Special Counsel to the President. Mr. Smith was general attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission, in 1973. In 1973 - 74 he also was adjunct professor of law, International School of Law, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Smith was general counsel and member of the board of directors of the executive committee of Robert Suggs, Inc., an Illinois corporation, in 1971 - 73. In 1972 - 73 he was a research consultant to Sidley & Austin, a Chicago law firm. Mr. Smith was host and coproducer of a nightly radio interview program on radio station WEEF-AM and FM in Highland Park, Ill., in 1972.

Mr. Smith was deputy director of the office of executive branch management, legal and administrative agencies, in the office of the President-elect. He was chief counsel to the Reagan for President Committee in 1979 - 80.

Mr. Smith was graduated from Northwestern University (B.A. and J.D.). He is married and has two children. He resides with his family in Yorklyn, Del. Mr. Smith was born in Chicago, Ill., on December 22, 1944.

Nomination of William H. Draper III To Be President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States

March 18, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate William H. Draper III to be President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank.

Mr. Draper is founder and general partner of Sutter Hill Ventures of Palo Alto, Calif. Sutter Hill Ventures has provided equity capital to 150 young manufacturing companies throughout the United States. Mr. Draper was an associate of Draper, Gaither & Anderson in 1959 - 62. He was a sales representative with the Inland Steel Co. of Chicago, Ill., in 1954 - 59.

Mr. Draper is director, National Venture Capital Association, and is a former president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and Western Association of Small Business Investment Companies. He was director of the Measurex Corp., Plantronics, Inc., of San Jose, Calif., and a variety of other companies.

Mr. Draper has been active in Republican politics for many years. He was a fundraiser for the Reagan-Bush campaign in California in 1980; national cochairman of the finance committee for the Bush for President campaign (1980); candidate for U.S. Congress (1967); director and former chairman, Republican Alliance. He has also been involved in community activities including serving as chairman of the board, California Association for American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, Calif.

Mr. Draper was graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1950) and Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (M.B.A., 1954). He is married and has three children. Mr. Draper was born in White Plains, N.Y., on January 1, 1928. He resides with his family in Atherton, Calif.