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James Gaius Watt

James Gaius Watt, lawyer, former United States Secretary of the Interior. Bar: Wyoming 1962, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1966. Member Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Theta Phi.

Background

  • Watt, James Gaius was born on January 31, 1938 in Lusk, Wyoming, United States. Son of William G. and Lois M. (Williams) Watt.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Wyoming, 1960. Juris Doctor, University Wyoming, 1962.

    Career

    • Legislation assistant, counsel to Senator Simpson of Wyoming, 1962-1966. Secretary to natural resources committee and environmental pollution advisory panel Chamber of Commerce of the United States, 1966-1969. Deputy assistant secretary water and power development United States Department Interior, 1969-1972.

      Director Bureau Outdoor Recreation, Washington, 1972-1975. Member, vice chairman Federal Power Commission, 1975-1977. President, chief legal officer Mountain States Legal Foundation, Denver, 1977-1980.

      Secretary United States Department Interior, Washington, 1981-1983. Business consultant, 1983-1986, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, since 1986. Chairman board Environmental Diagnostics, 1984-1987, Disease Detection International, 1986-1990.

      Instructor College Commerce and Industry, University Wyoming.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Wyoming 1962, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1966.

    Works

    • Author: (with Doug Wead) The Courage of a Conservative, 1985.

    Membership

    Member Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Theta Phi.

    Connections

    • Married Leilani Bomgardner, November 2, 1957. Children: Erin Gaia, Eric Gaius.
    • father: William G. Watt
    • mother: Lois M. (Williams) Watt
    • spouse: Leilani Bomgardner
    • children: Erin Gaia Watt
    • Eric Gaius Watt
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    • 1960
      University Wyoming
    • 1962
      University Wyoming
    • 1962 - 1966
      Legislative assistant, to Senator Simpson of Wyoming
    • 1962 - 1966
      counsel, to Senator Simpson of Wyoming
    • 1966 - 1969
      secretary, to natural resources committee and environmental pollution advisory panel C. of C. of United States
    • 1969 - 1972
      deputy assistant, secretary water and power development United States Department Interior
    • 1972 - 1975
      director, Bureau Outdoor Recreation
      Washington, United States
    • 1975 - 1977
      member, Federal Power Commission
    • 1975 - 1977
      vice chairman, Federal Power Commission
    • 1977 - 1980
      president, Mountain States Legal Foundation
      Denver, Colorado, United States
    • 1977 - 1980
      chief legal officer, Mountain States Legal Foundation
      Denver, Colorado, United States
    • 1981 - 1983
      secretary, United States Department Interior
      Washington, United States
    • 1983 - 1986
      business consultant
    • 1986
      business consultant
      Wyoming, United States
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