Secretary of the Interior


* Born: June 27, 1938.

* Education: BS, University of Notre Dame, 1961; MS, University of Newcastle, England, 1962; LLB, Harvard Law School, 1965.

* Military service: None.

* Career: Associate, Brown & Bain, Phoenix, 1965-74; attorney general, Arizona, 1975-78; member, President's Committee on the Accident at Three Mile Island, 1979-80; governor, Arizona, 1978-87; candidate for Democratic nomination for US president, 1988; partner, Steptoe & Johnson, Phoenix, 1988 to present.

* Personal: Married to Hattie Coons; two children.

* Assessment: Babbitt is a committed environmentalist who has won several awards from the National Wildlife Federation. His experience as Arizona governor should serve him well at Interior - a department that deals, in large part, with Western lands.

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