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HONOLULU, Hawaii (June 25, 1998 - PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---A State of California Senator, Diane E. Watson, has been nominated by U.S. President Bill Clinton to become the next Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia.

Watson, a Democrat representing the 26th District of Los Angeles County, was last elected to the California Senate in 1994. Under the current term limits regulations, she will be ineligible for reelection when her term concludes this year.

The nominee for the FSM ambassadorship was born in Los Angeles, earning bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from California universities. Prior to her first election to the California legislature in 1978, she served as a teacher, school psychologist and university professor.

Watson is the author of several books and is the elected President of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislators.

U.S. Senate hearings on Watson's nomination are expected to take place shortly. If confirmed, she will succeed March Fong Eu, a former Secretary of State in California, who left the FSM ambassadorial post about a year and a half ago.

Until recently, the Charge d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in the Federated States of Micronesia was Cheryl Martin, now serving in Sierra Leone, Africa.

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