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    Federico Peña
    (By Bill O'Leary
    for The Washington Post)
    Federico Peña
    Energy Secretary

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    Background from The Post

    Federico Peña announced April 6 that he will leave the Clinton administration in June, just over a year after the former transportation secretary was sworn in to his second Cabinet post at the Energy Department. Nuclear waste, energy efficiency and new science and technology research were among the issues that dominated Peña's tenure. His nomination for the post began as a tug-of-war between Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the White House. The issue was a nuclear waste disposal site at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, and whether an interim storage facility the White House opposed would be constructed.

    Sworn in: March 12, 1997

    Resigned: April 6, 1998

    Succeeded: Hazel O'Leary

    Previous occupation: Transportation secretary, 1993-96; mayor of Denver, 1983-91; Colorado state representative, 1979-83; civil rights lawyer.

    Education: University of Texas (both undergraduate work and law school); honorary doctor of public service degree from Florida International University, 1995.

    Hometown: Laredo, Texas

    Spouse: Ellen Hart Peña

    Children: Two children

    Of note: Peña served as secretary of transportation in the first Clinton Cabinet. He headed the transportation cluster in the 1992 Clinton transition team. Though five Cabinet members have remained in the Cabinet after the 1996 elections, Peña was the only one to switch departments.

    Department of Energy
    Forrestal Building
    1000 Independence Ave., SW
    Washington, D.C. 20585
    (202) 586-5000
    FAX: (202) 586-9987

    Background from The Post

    Energy Secretary Peña Resigns
    April 7, 1998
    Clinton to Offer Plan To Deregulate Power
    March 25, 1998
    For Peña, Nuclear Waste Storage Is Hot Topic
    Jan. 31, 1997
    Peña Shifts To Another New Challenge
    Dec. 21, 1996

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