Nominations, January 27, 1981

Nomination of W. Dennis Thomas To Be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury

January 27, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate W. Dennis Thomas as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of the Treasury.

Since 1976 Mr. Thomas has served as administrative assistant to Senator William V. Roth, Jr. (R-Del.). His responsibilities included work on the Finance Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.

From 1974 to 1976, Mr. Thomas was administrative assistant to Senator J. Glenn Beall, Jr. (R-Md.). During that time he worked with the Budget Committee, Human Resources Committee, Commerce Committee, and the Small Business Committee. From 1971 to 1974, Mr. Thomas was executive assistant to Senator Beall, and from 1969 to 1970, he served as speical assistant to then Congressman Beall.

Mr. Thomas was a member of the administrative staff of the Carroll County, Md., Board of Education from 1967 to 1968.

He graduated from Frostburg State College in Frostburg, Md., in 1965. He received his masters degree from the University of Maryland in 1967. Mr. Thomas is married and has one son. He lives with his family in Bethesda, Md. Mr. Thomas is 37 years old.

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.


Nomination of Donald I. Hovde To Be Under Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

January 27, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate Donald I. Hovde as Under Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Recently Mr. Hovde was national senior vice president of Partners Real Estate, Inc. Previously he was owner and president of Hovde Realty, Inc., and president of 122 Building Corp.

Mr. Hovde was president of the National Association of Realtors in 1979. He has been a member of the board of directors since 1965.

Mr. Hovde graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1953. He was commissioned second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1953, earned his pilot's wings in 1955, and joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1956 and served until 1963.

Mr. Hovde is married and has five children. He lives with his family in Madison, Wis. He is 50 years old.