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Biography of Anne M. Gorsuch (Burford)
[EPA press release - May 20, 1981]
Anne McGill Gorsuch was sworn in today at the White House by Vice-President George Bush as the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Mrs. Gorsuch, the first woman to head the EPA, said, "I am grateful that President Reagan has asked me to assume a front-line position on his new team with responsibility for one of the largest and most important government agencies in this country."
Gorsuch added, "I share the President's deep concern that our quality of life be protected, and I pledge the full commitment of my energies and that of my staff to this critical task."
Gorsuch, 39, of Denver, Colorado, was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on May 5 to head EPA--the executive branch watchdog for the protection of air, water and land resources.
Also sworn in today was Dr. John Hernandez, 52, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Hernandez is a former Dean of Engineering at New Mexico State University, and has worked on environmental issues for the past 20 years.
Name: Anne McGill Gorsuch
Date of Birth: 4/21/42
1959-1961 University of Colorado, Boulder, B.A.
- Major: Political Science
- Minor: Economics and Spanish
1961-1964 University of Colorado Law School, LL.B.
Undergraduate Honors Program
Mortar Board Scholastic Sorority
University of Colorado Law Review--Board of Editors, Assistant Business Manager
Phi Alpha Delta (Legal Fraternity)
Fulbright Scholarship--Jaipur, India, 1964-1965
1966-1967 Assistant Trust Administrator, First National Bank of Denver
1968-1971 Assistant District Attorney, Jefferson County, Colorado
1971-1973 Deputy District Attorney, Denver, Colorado
1974-1975 Hearing Officer for Real Estate Commission and State Boards of Cosmetology, Optometric Examiners, Professional Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine.
Performed duties of an administrative judge in cases involving the allegation of statutory or regulatory violations by licensees/practitioners.
1975-1981* Lawyer, Mountain Bell Corporate Law Department.
*Following election to the State House of Representatives in 1976, took a leave of absence from the legal department for each of the annual legislative sessions.
Member, Colorado State House of Representatives, 1976-1980
1976-1978 Vice-Chairman of Judiciary Committee
Member of Finance Committee (considers all tax proposals) and Appropriations Committee
Voted Outstanding Freshman Legislator
Successfully sponsored 21 Bills
Responsible for repeal of over 70 sections of statutes which were obsolete, duplicative, or unnecessary
Author and Prime Sponsor of Colorado Presumptive Sentencing Law
1978-1980 Chairman, House State Affairs Committee
Chairman, House-Senate Legal Services Committee 1980 (Legal arm of General Assembly) Member, Transportation and Energy Committee
House sponsor of Air-Pollution-Control Inspection and Maintenance Legislation
Chairman, Interim Committee on Hazardous Waste
1980 Member of President-Elect Reagan's Transition Team serving on the Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations
Director, Board of Directors, YMCA
Member, Mercy Hospital Civic Advisory Board
Commissioner, National Commission on Uniform State Laws
Colorado and American and Denver Bar Associations
Current member of Legislative Section
Formerly Member, Family Law Committee, Criminal Justice Section, Environmental Law Committee