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    (By Bill O'Leary
    for The Washington Post)
    Bruce Babbitt
    Interior Secretary

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    Background from The Post

    Bruce Babbitt hails from the West, but he isn't universally popular there. Conservative Western lawmakers fault the secretary for dismantling the hands-off environmental policies of the Reagan and Bush administrations. Environmentalists, however, see the former Arizona governor as an ally on such issues as mining, grazing, water and timber policies, land management and endangered species. The secretary's handling of an Indian casino license became an issue during congressional and media examinations of Democratic fund-raising practices. On March 19, 1998, a three-judge panel appointed an independent counsel to investigate Babbitt.

    Sworn in: Jan. 20, 1993 (nominated Dec. 23, 1992)

    Succeeded: Manuel Lujan, in the Bush administration

    Previous occupation: Democratic presidential candidate, 1988; governor of Arizona, 1978-87; attorney general of Arizona, 1975-78; natural resources lawyer; president of the League of Conservation Voters; trained as a geologist.

    Education: Notre Dame (B.A. in Geology); University of Newcastle, England (M.S. in Geophysics); Harvard Law School (L.L.B.).

    Hometown: Flagstaff, Ariz.

    Spouse: Harriet (Hattie), attorney, U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States.

    Children: Two sons, Christopher and T.J.

    Religion: Roman Catholic

    Of note: Babbitt was widely vetted in 1993 as a possible successor to Supreme Court Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun.

    Department of the Interior
    1849 C St. NW
    Washington, D.C. 20240
    (202) 208-3100
    FAX: (202) 208-5133

    Background from The Post

    Key Stories: Independent Counsel Investigation of Bruce Babbitt

    Babbitt Probe to Focus on Memory of Discussion
    March 29, 1998
    Independent Counsel Named for Babbitt Probe
    March 20, 1998
    Reno Requests Independent Counsel Probe on Babbitt
    Feb. 12, 1998
    Investigators Likely to Urge Babbitt Probe
    Jan. 17, 1998
    Counsel Probe of Babbitt Is Likely, Officials Say
    Nov. 17, 1997
    Babbitt Takes a New Approach to Battling GOP
    Dec. 3, 1995
    Pragmatic Critic is Set to be Interior's Next Landlord
    Jan. 19, 1993
    Babbitt Viewed as Practical, Able
    Dec. 25, 1992

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