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John Herrington (1985–1989) - Secretary of Energy

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John Herrington was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 31, 1939. He earned his A.B. at Stanford University (1961) and his J.D. and LL.B. at the University of California School of Law (1964). Herrington practiced private law as an attorney (1965-1981) and had worked as deputy district attorney of Ventura County. Herrington was assistant secretary of the Navy from 1981 to 1983.

He began his work in the Reagan administration as deputy assistant for presidential personnel, holding that post from 1983 to 1985, serving next as secretary of energy from 1985 to 1989. Thereafter, he worked in California Republican politics, serving for a time as chairman of the state's Republican Party.

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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)