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For Immediate Release: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 I'm 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 - 1998).

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. She's admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and in the state and federal courts in California. She's is currently a resident of Virginia.

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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