Appointments, February 5, 1985

Appointment of Patrick J. Buchanan as Assistant to the President and Director of Communications

February 5, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint Patrick J. Buchanan to be Assistant to the President and Director of Communications.

A journalist by profession, Mr. Buchanan has for 10 years written a thrice-weekly column of political and social commentary, distributed by Tribune Media Services to 125 newspapers in the United States. He has also been, for almost 3 years, cohost of ``Crossfire,'' a nightly interview program on the Cable News Network, and a weekly panelist on ``The McLaughlin Group,'' a public affairs show distributed locally by WRC - NBC and nationally by PBS.

Mr. Buchanan cohosted the ``Buchanan-Braden Program,'' a 3-hour daily radio show on WRC, and delivered daily commentary on the NBC radio network from 1978 to 1984.

In 1965 Mr. Buchanan became the first full-time staff member of the Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Mitchell law offices in New York City. For 3 years, between January 1966 and January 1969, he served as press aide, executive assistant, and speechwriter and traveled with former Vice President Nixon throughout the campaigns of 1966 and 1968. In 1967 he accompanied Mr. Nixon to West Europe, Africa, and the Middle East in the immediate aftermath of the Six-Day War.

On January 20, 1969, Mr. Buchanan was named Special Assistant to the President and served throughout the Nixon Presidency, resigning from the Ford White House in November 1974. During the near-6 years of the Nixon Presidency, he wrote speeches both for the President and the Vice President, developed political strategy, published the President's daily news summary, and prepared the foreign and domestic briefing books for Presidential news conferences.

Mr. Buchanan was a member of the 15-person official delegation to the People's Republic of China in 1972 and accompanied President Nixon to the final summit in Moscow, Yalta, and Minsk in the summer of 1974.

In addition to his syndicated column, Mr. Buchanan has authored two books, ``The New Majority'' and ``Conservative Votes, Liberal Victories,'' and written over two decades for The Nation, Rolling Stone, National Review, Conservative Digest, Skeptic, and The American Spectator. He is an honors graduate in English and philosophy from Georgetown University.

Mr. Buchanan was born November 2, 1938, in Washington, DC. He is married and resides in McLean, VA.

Appointment of Max Friedersdorf as Assistant to the President and Legislative Strategy Coordinator

February 5, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint Max Friedersdorf as Assistant to the President and Legislative Strategy Coordinator.

Mr. Friedersdorf has been serving as Vice President for Pepsico, Inc., of Purchase, NY, since September 19, 1983.

Mr. Friedersdorf was Assistant to President Reagan for Legislative Affairs in 1981. He subsequently was consul general to Bermuda for nearly 2 years before joining Pepsico. He was a member of the Federal Election Commission in 1979 and 1980.

Prior to joining the Commission, he was staff director for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee. In 1971 - 1977 he served at the White House as Congressional Liaison. In 1961 - 1970 he was administrative assistant for former U.S. Representative Richard L. Roudebush (R - IN). He is also a former reporter for the Louisville Times, the Indianapolis News, and the Chicago Daily News.

Mr. Friedersdorf is a graduate of Franklin (IN) College and The American University. He is married and has two children. He was born July 7, 1929, in Grammer, IN.

Appointment of Edward J. Rollins as Assistant to the President for Political and Governmental Affairs

February 5, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint Edward J. Rollins as Assistant to the President for Political and Governmental Affairs.

Mr. Rollins was the national director of the President's reelection campaign, Reagan-Bush '84. Prior to his appointment to head the campaign in October of 1983, he served as Assistant to the President for Political Affairs and, before that, as Deputy Assistant to the President for Political Affairs.

Immediately before accepting his first White House appointment in January 1981, Mr. Rollins was Republican chief of staff for the State of California Assembly.

From 1973 to 1977, he was at the Department of Transportation, where he had responsibility for the Department's liaison with the Congress and State and local governments. Prior to that, Mr. Rollins served as principal assistant to the Republican leader and speaker of the California Assembly. In addition, he has managed numerous political campaigns in the West.

From 1969 to 1973, Mr. Rollins was assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also taught political science and public administration. In 1968 he served as assistant to the president of California State University, Chico.

He is a graduate of the California State University system, where he also completed graduate studies in political science. He was born March 19, 1943, in Boston, MA, and now resides in Arlington, VA.