December 18, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate J. J. Simmons III to be a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission for the remainder of the term expiring December 31, 1985. He would succeed Thomas A. Trantum.

Since 1970 Mr. Simmons has been vice president, government relations, Amerada Hess Corp., New York, N.Y. He was Administrator, Oil Import Administration, Department of the Interior, in 1969-70; Deputy Administrator, Oil Import Administrator, in 1968-69; Assistant Director, Office of Oil and Gas, Department of the Interior, in 1961-68; and vice president, secretary-treasurer, Geologist Simmons Royalty Co., Muskogee, Okla., in 1949-61.

He graduated from St. Louis University (B.S., 1949) and attended the University of Detroit. He is married, has five children, and resides in Scotch Plains, N.J. He was born March 26, 1925, in Muskogee, Okla.