Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, June 27, 2001


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Bush Officially Nominates Bonner to Lead Customs Service


From Staff and Wire Service Reports


President Bush yesterday nominated former federal judge, U.S. attorney and Drug Enforcement Administration chief Robert Bonner to take over the U.S. Customs Service.

The appointment of the Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher partner was expected. The MetNews reported June 1 that the White House planned to select Bonner. The official announcement. sends the nomination to the Senate.

If confirmed, Bonner will lead the agency that serves as guardian of the nationís borders.

Bonner was U.S. attorney for the Central District of California from 1984 to 1989, then served briefly as a U.S. district judge before then-President George Bush named him administrator of the DEA.

He joined Gibson Dunn on leaving office in 1993.

He was appointed to the Commission on Judicial Performance in 1995 by Gov. Pete Wilson and chaired the panel from 1997 to 1999, the first time anyone other than a judge held the chairmanship.

Bonner was named late last month to a panel to recommend candidates to the federal bench in the Central District.


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