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Nomination of John F. Lehman, Jr., To Be Secretary of the Navy

January 23, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate John F. Lehman, Jr., as Secretary of the Navy.

Mr. Lehman is currently president of the Abingdon Corp.

During the 1980 Presidential campaign, he served as a Reagan defense and foreign policy adviser. From 1977 to 1980, he was chairman of the defense advisory committee to the Republican National Committee. From 1975 to 1977, he was Deputy Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. From 1974 to 1975, Mr. Lehman served as counsel and senior staff member to Dr. Henry Kissinger and the National Security Council. He was a staff member between 1969 and 1971. From 1967 to 1969, Mr. Lehman was a staff member to the Foreign Policy Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

He was an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Mr. Lehman graduated from St. Joseph's College in 1964 (B.S.), Cambridge University in 1967 (B.A. and M.A.), and the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 (M.A. and Ph.D.).

Mr. Lehman is married to the former Barbara Thornton Wieland, and they have two children. He is 38.

Ronald Reagan, Nomination of John F. Lehman, Jr., To Be Secretary of the Navy Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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