Public Papers of Jimmy Carter, 1980-1981

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Author: Jimmy Carter  | Date: January 11, 1980

Merit Systems Protection Board
Nomination of Thomas H. Henderson, Jr., To Be Special Counsel and Designation of Mary Eastwood as Acting Special Counsel.
January 11, 1980

The President today announced his intention to nominate Thomas H. Henderson, Jr., as Special Counsel of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). He would replace H. Patrick Swygert, resigned. The President also announced that he has designated Mary Eastwood as Acting Special Counsel pending Henderson’s nomination and confirmation by the Senate.

Henderson has been Chief of the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division at the Justice Department since 1976.

He was born February 4, 1939, in Birmingham, Ala. He received a B.S. from Auburn University in 1961 and a J.D. from the University of Alabama in 1966.

Henderson was with the Justice Department from 1966 to 1973, serving as a trial attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the Criminal Division, then as Deputy Section Chief of the Management-Labor Section. From 1973 to 1974, he was deputy chief counsel of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure. In 1974 he returned to the Justice Department as Deputy Section Chief of the Management-Labor Section.

Eastwood, 49, is Associate Special Counsel for Investigations at the MSPB. From 1961 to 1979, she was attorney adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department, and from 1969 to 1979, she was also equal employment opportunity adviser.

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