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January 30, 2004

    Secretary Norton Announces that President George W.
Bush Intends to Nominate Sue Ellen Wooldridge as Solicitor

Washington - Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced that President George
W. Bush intends to nominate Sue Ellen Wooldridge to serve as Solicitor for
the U.S. Department of the Interior. The announcement is subject to
confirmation by the United States Senate once the official nomination is
made by the President.

Sue Ellen Wooldridge will bring a great deal of legal experience to the
Office of the Solicitor, said Norton. Sue Ellen has been a tremendous
asset in her current position at Interior, and Im excited that she will
bring her unique talents to our legal department as we continue to manage
our national treasures.
Wooldridge currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to
Secretary Norton, a position she has held since January 31, 2001.

Previously, Wooldridge was in private practice in Sacramento, California
(1987-1994 and 1999 2001),  served as General Counsel to the non-partisan
California Fair Political Practices Committee (2000), and was  a Special
Assistant Attorney General in the California Department of Justice (1994

Wooldridge earned an A.B.  from the University of California, Davis in
1983, and a J.D. from the Harvard University Law School  in 1987. Shes
admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and in the state
and federal courts in California. Shes is currently a resident of

The Solicitor is the General Counsel for the Department of the Interior and
represents the Department in administrative and judicial litigation, and in
meetings, negotiations, and other contracts with Congress, Federal
agencies, States, Tribes and the public.



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