Wilson Appoints Robert A. Laurie to the
State Energy Resources Conservation
and Development Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    CONTACT: Steve Tatum
Friday, February 7, 1997                                          Matt Taggart

SACRAMENTO -- Governor Pete Wilson today announced the appointment of Robert A. Laurie to the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

Laurie, 50, of Placerville, has been a partner with the firm of Laurie, Maloney & Wheatley since 1987. The law practice emphasizes government, land use, political, commercial, environmental. business and real estate law.

Previously, he was an associate attorney with Hefner, Stark & Marois, a Sacramento law fiIm with an emphasis in land use, municipal and related law fields. He worked there from 1983 to 1987. He was also a chief assistant county counsel for the County of El Dorado, advising all county agencies, departments and the Board of Supervisors, from 1977 to 1983. A Republican, Laurie's background further includes serving as deputy county counsel for the County of Imperial from 1975 to 1977 and as an instructor in business law for the Cosumnes River College from 1983 to 1990.

Laurie serves as a member of the Contractor's State License Board, where he was appointed by Governor Wilson in 1992. He also serves on the El Dorado County Board of Education, where he was appointed in 1988, elected in 1990 and served as the Board's president in 1990 and 1994. He also served as president of the New Morning Youth and Family Services (1990), president of the El Dorado Forum (1989), president of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce (1985 & 1988), and president of the El Dorado County Bar Association (1982).

He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Irvine in 1972 and a juris doctorate degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1975. A veteran of the United States Army, Laurie served in the Vietnam War and received a Bronze Star, Air Medal and an Army Commendation Medal.

Members of this Commission receive a salary of $100,001 per year. This appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

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Bio of Commissioner Laurie