The President today announced his intention to nominate John David Hughes, of Austin, Tex., to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He would replace Don S. Smith, resigned. Hughes has been assistant attorney general of Texas since 1974 and chief of the energy division of the Texas attorney general's office since 1979.
He was born April 24, 1935, in Lubbock, Tex. He received a B.B.A. from the University of Texas in 1958 and a J.D. from American University in 1961. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963.
In 1964 Hughes served as assistant county attorney in Lubbock, Tex. From 1964 to 1974, he had a general civil practice with the Lubbock firm of Evans, Pharr, Trout & Jones.