Message Creation Date was at 24-FEB-1998 15:46:00 THE WHITE HOUSE Office of The Press Secretary ______________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release February 24, 1998 PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES SENATOR WARREN B. RUDMAN AS CHAIR OF THE SPECIAL OVERSIGHT BOARD FOR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INVESTIGATIONS OF GULF WAR CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL INCIDENTS The President today announced his intent to appoint Senator Warren B. Rudman as Chair of the Special Oversight Board for Department of Defense Investigations of Gulf War Chemical and Biological Incidents (The Special Oversight Board). Senator Rudman, of Hollis, New Hampshire, is also the Chair of the President,s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and is a partner at the international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He formerly served as Vice Chair of the congressionally-created Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the United States Intelligence Community. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1980-1992, where he was Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Ethics Committee and Vice Chairman of the Select Committee investigating arms transfers to Iran. Senator Rudman also served as a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Appropriations Committee, the Government Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on Investigations. Before serving in the U.S. Senate, Senator Rudman was the Attorney General of the State of New Hampshire, where he established the first Consumer Protection Division and Environmental Protection Division of the Attorney General,s office. He was a combat platoon leader and company commander in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Senator Rudman earned his B.S. from Syracuse University and his L.L.B. from Boston College Law School. President Clinton established the Special Oversight Board by Executive Order to provide recommendations based on its review of Department of Defense Investigations into possible detections of, and exposures to, chemical or biological weapons agents, and environmental and other factors that may have contributed to Gulf War illnesses. It will report to the President through the Secretary of Defense.