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James C. Hormel
U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg

On June 4, 1999, James C. Hormel was granted a recess appointment to be Ambassador to Luxembourg.
Mr. Hormel was originally nominated in October 1997, and re-nominated on January 6, 1999. Mr. Hormel was sworn in by the Secretary on June 29, 1999.

Mr. Hormel has devoted his life to the advocacy of basic human rights, social justice, and the well-being of all individuals. In the course of 30 years of working with top business, government, and academic leaders, he has sought to create, fund, and initiate major programs addressing these concerns and to involve others in public service. He is recognized nationally for his ability to bring together people of different backgrounds and perspectives to form bridge-building coalitions based upon shared values and mutual interests.

Mr. Hormel is Chairman of Equidex, Inc., San Francisco, a firm that manages his and his family's investment and philanthropic activities. He is an alumnus of Swarthmore College, where he has been as a member of the Board of Managers since 1988 and where he recently established a faculty chair in Social Justice. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he subsequently was Assistant Dean and Dean of Students. From 1987 to 1990, he was a member of the Visiting Committee of the Law School, and from 1991 to 1994, he was Chair of the Committee. In 1986, he established the James C. Hormel Public Service Program at the Law School to encourage law students to go into public service.

Mr. Hormel is a founding director of The City Club of San Francisco, created to bring together community leaders of diverse backgrounds. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. In 1999, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Northern California.

Mr. Hormel served as Alternate Representative of the United States Delegation to the 51st United Nations General Assembly. He also was a Member of the United States Delegation to the 51st UN Human Rights Commission that met in Geneva, Switzerland, in early 1995. In 1995 and again in 1997, he served on the Western States Regional Selection Panel for the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. In 1995, he participated in the President's Conference on the Pacific Rim, and the following year he was a member of Mayor Willie Brown's Economic Summit in San Francisco.

During the last decade, Mr. Hormel has assisted in creating the structure and programs for several community service organizations. He has been instrumental in developing resources for direct service organizations such as the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Project Open Hand, AIDS Emergency Fund, and Shanti Project which serve the HIV and AIDS community in San Francisco. At the national level, Mr. Hormel is a member of the Board of Directors of American Foundations for AIDS Research and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. He is an honorary or advisory member of several other boards, both locally and nationally.

In April of 1996, the New Main Library opened in San Francisco. The library includes the Gay and Lesbian Center, which is named after Mr. Hormel in recognition of his contributions to its establishment. The Center is the first of its kind in a public facility and houses the largest collection of gay and lesbian literature and history in the world.

Mr. Hormel's dedication to public service also is reflected in his political activities. In 1992, he was a member of the Democratic Platform Committee and was a Clinton delegate to the Democratic National Convention in New York, and in 1996, he returned as Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. He was a member of the Host Committee for the 1984 Convention in San Francisco.

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