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Nomination of Donald P. Hodel To Be Under Secretary of the Interior

January 27, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate Donald P. Hodel as Under Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

Since completing his legal training in 1960, Mr. Hodel has studied natural resource and energy issues from legal, industrial, government, and consulting perspectives.

He joined the law firm of Rockwood, Davies, Biggs, Strayer and Stoel in 1960 as an associate. From 1963 through 1969, Mr. Hodel was a member of the general counsel's staff at Georgia-Pacific Corp. In 1969 he was appointed Deputy Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration by Secretary Hickel. Bonneville operates the largest high-voltage transmission system in the free world. He was subsequently appointed Administrator by Secretary Morton in 1972 and served until 1977.

After serving in government, Mr. Hodel formed his own consulting firm. In this capacity, he has served as a consultant to the president of the National Electric Reliability Council. He has been a delegate to the World Energy Conference.

Mr. Hodel is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law. He is married and resides in Lake Oswego, Oreg. He is 51 years old.

Ronald Reagan, Nomination of Donald P. Hodel To Be Under Secretary of the Interior Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project