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Karen E. Skelton Named FHWA Chief Counsel

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Karen E. Skelton Named FHWA Chief Counsel

Federal Highway Administration
January 15, 1999

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 15, 1999
Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Tel: 202-366-0660
FHWA 3-99

Federal Highway Administrator Kenneth R. Wykle today announced the appointment of Karen E. Skelton as the agency’s chief counsel.

"Karen’s background as an advisor to President Clinton and Vice President Gore and her work at the Department of Justice give her a unique perspective on federal programs and policies," Wykle said. "We look forward to having Karen on our team as we continue to build a safe, efficient transportation system for the 21st century."

Skelton most recently served at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs. Before that, she held positions in the office of the Vice President as director of political affairs and at the Department of Justice as a trial attorney for the office of environment and natural resources. She also has served as the deputy counsel to the Attorney General, where she managed other department lawyers working on issues involving American Indians and environmental justice.

Before coming to Washington, D.C., Skelton worked for the law firm of Morrison and Foerster in Los Angeles. She represented the firm in a citywide pro bono project on behalf of the city’s Minority Business Enterprise project.

Skelton, who is from California, graduated from the Boalt School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. She earned a master’s degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she specialized in policy and legal analysis of the telecommunications industry. She has a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude with honors) from the University of California at Los Angeles.

The Federal Highway Administration is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It has 3,550 employees, a field office in every state, and an annual budget of more than $25 billion.

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