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Biography of James Ziglar

James W. Ziglar arrived as the Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) on August 2, 2001. On April 27, 2001, President Bush had expressed his intention to nominate Mr. Ziglar as INS Commissioner. Read more about his nomination and confirmation.

Prior to coming to the INS, Mr. Ziglar was the 35th Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate (from October 15, 1998 through August 1, 2001). Prior to that, Mr. Ziglar was a Managing Director of Paine Webber Incorporated.

As of his arrival at INS, Mr. Ziglar has a total of 23 years of experience as an investment banker and lawyer. In addition to his experience in the private sector, Mr. Ziglar has worked in various capacities in the federal government. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science (1987-1988), in which capacity he directed the operations of the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Bureau of Mines. Earlier, Mr. Ziglar served variously as an aide to United States Senator James O. Eastland, as a legislative and public affairs officer at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a Law Clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun.

Mr. Ziglar began his career as a lawyer in 1973 and joined the investment banking industry in 1980. During his career, Mr. Ziglar has worked as an associate at the New York law firm of Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Ferdon, a partner at the Phoenix law firm of O'Connor, Cavanagh, Anderson, Westover, Killingsworth & Beshears, a Senior Vice President of Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., a Managing Director of Paine Webber Incorporated, and a Managing Director of Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated.

Mr. Ziglar received his Bachelor of Arts and his Juris Doctor degrees from George Washington University. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Water Foundation, the American Energy Assurance Council, the National Water Resources Association, the International Small Satellite Organization, Mercy International Health Services, InterHealth Incorporated, the Landon School, and the Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation. In 1988, he was the joint recipient with U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop of the Water Statesman of the Year Award from the National Water Resources Association. In the early 1990's, Mr. Ziglar served as a member of the Senior Advisory Group on Water Governance of the Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations. In 1998, Mr. Ziglar served as Chairman of the United States Senate Delegation to the National Summit on Retirement Savings.

Mr. Ziglar is a member of the bars of New York, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Arizona. He and his wife, Linda, have three sons, Jim, Jon and Jeff.