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Reagan Taps Texan To Be Nation’s Chief Bank Regulator

October 18, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Reagan said Thursday he would nominate Houston attorney Robert Logan Clarke to be comptroller of the currency, the chief regulator of the nation’s banks.

Clarke, 43, is director of a Houston bank and specializes in banking matters with a Houston law firm.

If confirmed by the Senate, he would succeed C. Todd Conover, who had announced in January that he was resigning to return to private industry.

As supervisor of the nation’s 4,700 federally chartered commercial banks, Conover had been at the forefront in pushing for bank deregulation, and had expressed exasperation at Congress’ reluctance to tackle the subject.

Other nominations announced by the president were:

-Gerald Ralph Riso, 55, of Scarsdale, N.Y., to be assistant secretary of the interior for policy, budget and administration. Earlier in the Reagan administration, he was deputy commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

-Charles Roger Carlisle, 56, for the rank of ambassador during his service as U.S. negotiator on textile matters.

-Jerry Lee Calhoun, 42, to be a member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Calhoun will be designated the panel’s chairman if he is confirmed by the Senate.

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