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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

His-Story: Bill Ruckelshaus

Some other Indiana blogs may have already pointed this out, but Indiana Parley just wanted to bring to your attention an interesting interview of Bill Ruckelshaus about his early life, influences, and career. He talks a great deal about his early start in Indiana politics.

The interview can be found on the website of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Ruckelshaus has been the the Majority Leader of the Indiana House of Representatives, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 1968 running against incumbent Birch Bayh, Administrator of the EPA (twice), Deputy U.S. Attorney General and victim of the 'Saturday Night Massacre' of Watergate, CEO of Browning-Ferris Industries. and CEO of Weyerhaeuser.

From the interview:
Ed Steers, the Indiana Attorney General, was a very helpful person in the early development of my legal career. He gave me increasing responsibilities and then made me the Chief Counsel of the Attorney General's Office, when I had been out of law school for less than three years. There were some 63 lawyers in the office at the time, so it gave me some early management experience, to the extent anybody manages lawyers.

For some more about Bill Ruckelshaus, and Jill, see my post from last January - Bill tells how he came to be appointed first EPA commissioner by Nixon.

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