Wednesday, November 24, 2004
U. S. Senate Confirms Attorney, Valley Secession Leader David Fleming to Seat on Madison Foundation Board
By a MetNews Staff Writer
The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Bushís nomination of local attorney and civic leader David W. Fleming to the Board of Trustees of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation.
Fleming was one of about 150 Bush appointees confirmed by voice vote Saturday before Congress took its Thanksgiving recess. His nomination was sent to the Senate last year, and confirmation allows him to complete an unexpired term ending in May 2007.
Fleming, who knows the president’s family, is a major contributor to the presidential library of former President George Bush.
The foundation was established by Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the United States Constitution in secondary schools. Its 13-member member board is chaired by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, as treasurer, and meets once a year.
The foundation, which is funded in part by the government and in part by donations, provides up to $24,000 to each fellow for graduate study. Fellows must teach American history or government in grades 7 through 12 after completing their studies.
“I think it’s a wonderful thing,” Fleming said of the program in a MetNews interview shortly after he was nominated. “It’s really seed corn for future generations.”
Fellows receive four weeks of intense training in the history and origins of the Constitution, with some of the classes taught by Supreme Court justices.
Fleming, a lawyer for 44
years, has been of counsel to Latham & Watkins since 1992. From 1963 to
1992, he was a senior partner at the
He has served on a number of governmental commissions, including the California Transportation Commission from 1996 to 2000.
He was a member of the
After Mayor James K.
Hahn declined to reappoint him to the Fire Commission, he was appointed to the
Ethics Commission by City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo.
He resigned 10 months later to become of the leaders of the unsuccessful
campaign to take the
private sector, he was chairman of
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