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James Burnley (1987–1989) - Secretary of Transportion

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James Horace Burnley was born in High Point, North Carolina, on July 30, 1948. He earned his B.A. magna cum laude at Yale University (1970) and his J.D. at Harvard University (1973). Burnley was an associate at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey and Leonard (1973-1975), and a partner at Turner, Enochs, Foster, Sparrow and Burnley (1975-1981). He then served as director of VISTA from 1981 to 1982 and as associate deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice from 1982 to 1983.

Burnley next spent several years in the Department of Transportation, working as general counsel (1983), deputy secretary (1983-1987) and finally, secretary (1987-1989).

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Consulting Editor

Lou Cannon

Mr. Cannon is the author of nine books, five of them on Ronald Reagan, and has been called Reagan’s definitive biographer. As a journalist, he covered the Reagan presidency for The Washington Post and the Reagan governorship of California for the San Jose Mercury-News. His books on Reagan include:

Reagan’s Disciple: George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy (Co-authored with Carl M. Cannon, PublicAffairs, 2008)

Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power (PublicAffairs, 2003)

Ronald Reagan: The Presidential Portfolio (PublicAffairs, 2001)

President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime (Simon and Schuster 1991, PublicAffairs, 2000)

Reagan (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1982)