Nomination of James H. Burnley IV To Be Secretary of Transportation


October 8, 1987


The President today announced his intention to nominate James H. Burnley IV to be Secretary of the Department of Transportation. He would succeed Elizabeth Hanford Dole.


Since 1983 Mr. Burnley has been Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation. Prior to this he served as General Counsel at the Department of Transportation, 1983. Mr. Burnley was Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice, 1982 - 1983; Director of the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program, 1981 - 1982; partner in the law firm of Turner, Enochs, Foster, Sparrow & Burnley in Greensboro, NC, 1975 - 1981; and an associate with the firm of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard in Greensboro, 1973 - 1975.


Mr. Burnley graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1970) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1973). He was born July 30, 1948, in Greensboro, NC. Mr. Burnley is married, has two children, and resides in Falls Church, VA.


Nomination of Mary Ann Weyforth Dawson To Be Deputy Secretary of Transportation


October 8, 1987


The President today announced his intention to nominate Mary Ann (Mimi) Weyforth Dawson to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation at the Department of Transportation. She would succeed James H. Burnley IV.


Since 1981 Commissioner Dawson has served on the Federal Communications Commission. Since coming to the Commission, she has taken an active interest in the area of common carrier, an interest which was recognized with her appointment to the Federal State Joint Board convened to oversee changes in the jurisdictional separations procedures. She has served as Defense Commissioner since June 1, 1982. Prior to her appointment to the FCC, Commissioner Dawson served as chief of staff to Senator Bob Packwood, 1976 - 1981. She also served Senator Packwood as a legislative director, 1975 - 1976, and press secretary, 1973 - 1974. Commissioner Dawson also worked as a legislative assistant in the offices of former Representatives Richard Ichord, 1973, and James Symington, 1969 - 1972. She has served as a member of the board of trustees of the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Corcoran School of Art, and the Washington Center.


Commissioner Dawson graduated from Washington University (A.B., 1966). She was born on August 31, 1944, in St. Louis, MO. Commissioner Dawson is married, has one child, and currently resides in Washington, DC.