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James Gaius Watt

lawyer , politician

James Gaius Watt, lawyer, former United States Secretary of the Interior.

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.

Achievements

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

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