|By Admin1 (admin) on Thursday, July 26, 2001 - 1:27 am: Edit Post|
President Bush tapped Gaddi H. Vasquez, vice president of a Southern California power company, to take over the Peace Corps.
If confirmed by the Senate, Vasquez will succeed acting director Charles R. Baquet III at the helm of the corps and its 7,000 volunteers serving in 78 developing countries.
Vasquez, a prominent California Republican whose nomination was announced at the White House yesterday, is vice president in charge of public affairs at Southern California Edison Co.
From 1987 to 1995, as county supervisor of Orange County, Vasquez was the state's highest-ranking elected Hispanic Republican and had close ties to then-Gov. Pete Wilson.
Vasquez, who is also a former police officer, resigned as county supervisor after the Orange County investment pool lost nearly $1.7 billion and the county was forced to file bankruptcy in late 1994.
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July 26 - Washington Post - Hispanic Utility Official is tapped for Peace Corps