For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 15, 2005
President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate four
individuals and appoint one individual to serve in his Administration:
The President intends to nominate Marc L. Kesselman, of Tennessee, to be
General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture. Mr. Kesselman
currently serves as Deputy General Counsel in the Office of Management
and Budget, where he previously served as Associate General Counsel.
Prior to that, he served as Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy
at the Department of Justice. He was also a Trial Attorney in the
Federal Programs Branch of the Department. Prior to joining the
Administration, Mr. Kesselman was an Associate with Ropes & Gray, LLP.
Earlier in his career, he served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Julia
S. Gibbons, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr.
Kesselman received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his
JD from the University of Pennsylvania.
The President intends to nominate Peter N. Kirsanow, of Ohio, to be a
Member of the National Labor Relations Board, for the remainder of a
five-year term expiring August 27, 2008. Mr. Kirsanow is currently a
Partner with Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff, LLP. In addition, he
serves as a Member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Mr.
Kirsanow previously served as Senior Legal Counsel for Leaseway
Transportation Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to that, he served
as Labor Counsel for the City of Cleveland. Earlier in his career, Mr.
Kirsanow practiced law with Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP. He received
his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his JD from Cleveland
Marshall College of Law.
The President intends to nominate Claudia A. McMurray, of Virginia, to
be Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International
Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Ms. McMurray currently serves as
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment at the Department of State.
She previously served as Associate Deputy Administrator at the
Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to joining the Administration,
she served as a Principal for McMurray & Associates, where she consulted
with clients on environmental, natural resource and energy issues.
Earlier in her career, Ms. McMurray served as Counsel to the Senate
Committee on Environment and Public Works and as Legislative Counsel to
Senator John Warner. She received her bachelor's degree from Smith
College and her JD from Georgetown University.
The President intends to nominate Daniel Meron, of Maryland, to be
General Counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services. Mr.
Meron currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General
for the Civil Division at the Department of Justice, where he previously
served as Counselor and Chief of Staff. Prior to joining the Department
of Justice, he served as Partner at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, LLP.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Meron was a Law Clerk for the Honorable
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, United States Supreme Court. He also served
as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Laurence H. Silberman, United States
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Meron
received his bachelor's degree and his JD from Harvard University.
The President intends to appoint Noel Michael McKinnell, of
Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Commission of Fine Arts, for a
four-year term expiring October 2, 2006.
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