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Richard Thornburgh (1988–1989) - Attorney General

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Richard Lewis Thornburgh was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 16, 1932. He earned a B.S. in engineering from Yale University (1954) and an LL.B. from the University of Pittsburgh (1957). Thornburgh worked in the Justice Department for many years, serving as, United States attorney in Pittsburgh (1969-1975) and assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division (1975-1977). He was governor of Pennsylvania for two terms, elected first in 1978 and then reelected 1982.

Thornburgh was U.S. attorney general in the presidential administrations of both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush (1988-1991). He was also undersecretary-general at the United Nations (1992-1993). Thornburgh is a member of the board of directors of Elan Corporation and is now with the firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart in Washington, D.C.

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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)