The President today announced that he will nominate Patrick J. Lucey, of Madison, Wis., to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Mexico. Lucey is Governor of the State of Wisconsin.
He was born on March 21, 1918, in La Crosse, Wis. He received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in 1946. Until 1970 he was founder and president of a real estate firm in Madison, Wis.
Lucey was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1948 to 1950, and in 1950 he ran for the United States House of Representatives. In 1951 and 1952, he served as director of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, .and he managed the senatorial campaign of Thomas E. Fairchild against Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1952.
From 1957 to 1963, Lucey was chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party. In 1957 he also was head of Senator William Proxmire's campaign committee, and in 1960 he was a campaign aide in the Presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy.
Lucey was lieutenant governor of Wisconsin from 1964 to 1966, and in 1966 he was the Democratic candidate for Governor of Wisconsin. He has served as Governor since 1971.
Lucey has served as chairman of the National Democratic Governors' Conference, the National Governors' Conference Committee on Executive Management and Fiscal Affairs, and the Great Lakes Governors' Caucus. He has been a member of the National Advisory Commission for Balanced Growth; the Public Sector Committee, National Commission on Productivity and Work Quality; the Committee of One Hundred for National Health Insurance; and the National Committee for Public Financing of Elections.