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Department of Commerce Nomination of Fabian Chavez, ]r., To Be an Assistant Secretary.

April 14, 1977

The President today announced that he will nominate Fabian Chavez, Jr., of Santa Fe, N. Mex., to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Tourism. Chavez is director of the New Mexico Department of Development.

He was born August 31, 1924, in Santa Fe, N. Mex. He attended the College of Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico between 1947 and 1952. He served in the United States Army during World War II.

Chavez was a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives in 1951-52. He was a New Mexico State senator from 1957 to 1964, serving as majority leader from 1961 to 1964 and as chairman of the Judicial System Study Committee from 1959 to 1964.

Between 1956 and 1969, Chavez also worked for several investment securities companies. From 1969 to 1971, he was manager of Santa Fe Cable Television. He served as director of the tourist division of the New Mexico Department of Development from 1971 until 1975, when he became director of the department.

Chavez is a member of the Santa Fe County Democratic Central Committee and a former member of the New Mexico Democratic Central Committee. He has been a member of the National Association of State Development Executives and the Discover America Travel Organization.

Jimmy Carter, Department of Commerce Nomination of Fabian Chavez, ]r., To Be an Assistant Secretary. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/243328