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Table: Black Leaders in Bush's Washington


CHARLES A. JAMES

Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, age 46

Heads antitrust practice at multinational firm Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. Held same AAG post in acting capacity in closing days of the last Bush Administration. Political neophyte not well known outside antitrust. Takes laissez-faire approach to markets. Critical of the Microsoft case.

ALPHONSO R. JACKSON

Deputy Housing Secretary, age 54

Close friend of President Bush and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Former D.C. and Dallas housing chief turned wealthy Texas utilities exec. Had to be cajoled by Bush to give up the good life in Austin. A Democrat until the '84 convention. Social conservative across the board. Very plugged in.

ALBERT HAWKINS

Secretary of Cabinet Affairs, age 48

Financial whiz who worked his way up through Texas government. Bush made him state's first black budget director. Left to work for Bush Presidential campaign. Thought to be potential riser in Bush White House.

MICHAEL K. POWELL

FCC Chairman, age 37

Son of Secretary of State Colin Powell. Tank commander in Germany. Became lawyer after near-death experience on training exercise. Joined FCC as GOP appointment in 1997. Elevated to chairman by Bush. Critical of efforts to boost minority ownership of broadcast stations. Plans to lessen FCC involvement in merger reviews.

LARRY D. THOMPSON

Deputy Attorney General, age 55

Former U.S. Attorney in Atlanta. Counsel to Justice Thomas during his confirmation battle. Investigated Reagan's HUD as Independent Counsel. Now in private practice in Georgia. Relatively moderate.

RALPH F. BOYD JR.

Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, age 44

Former federal prosecutor in Boston, now in private practice. Lack of background in civil rights seen as a plus by the Bush crowd, which is fearful that any track record would be attacked from left or right. Tough prosecutor who sent minority kids to jail but also volunteered as a tutor at night. Harbors abiding disgust for Bill Clinton. Little known in D.C.


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