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Mr. Linnehan's proven ability to work with private and public officials at all levels and his knowledge of legislation and the legislative process will serve him well in his new position.

As we strive to keep New England in the forefront of our Nation's economy, it is good to know that a man of Mr. Linnehan's energy and talent will be working along with us.

I salute the President for this fine nomination, and I congratulate Mr. Linnehan for this well-deserved recognition.

I endorse Mr. Linnehan's nomination without hesitation or reservation of any kind, and I hope that the Committee will act favorably on it. With kind regards. Sincerely yours,

THOMAS J. DODD.

U.S. SENATE,

Washington, D.C., January 9, 1967. Hon. JENNINGS RANDOLPH, Chairman, Committee on Public Works, U.S. Senate.

DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: I am pleased to endorse the nomination of John Linnehan as Federal Co-Chairman of the New England Regional Development Commission.

Mr. Linnehan is well qualified by education, background, and experience to undertake the responsibilities of the Co-Chairman position. He has served in the Executive branch of Government as Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and has had extensive experience in private industry. I strongly support the nomination of Mr. Linnehan, and I would appreciate it if this letter could be made a part of the record of the hearings of January 12. Best personal regards. Sincerely,

ABE RIBICOFF. The CHAIRMAN. We will go into executive session and we will retire to our smaller quarters.

The committee is adjourned.

(Whereupon, at 10:45 a.m., the committee recessed to go into executive session.)

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