March 05,2003

Grassley Hopes for Approval of Trade Nominees

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Committee on Finance, praised the
committee’s approval today of the nominations of Charlotte Lane and Daniel Pearson to the
International Trade Commission. The nominees now will be sent to the Senate floor for a vote on
their confirmation.

“I look forward to Senate confirmation of the Bush administration’s nominees and hope for
a vote soon,” Grassley said. “Both of these candidates have done a good job going through the
nomination process and will make valuable contributions as commissioners.

“Daniel Pearson’s outstanding background in agriculture and international trade make him an
extremely well-qualified person to serve on the International Trade Commission,” Grassley said.

Pearson has worked as a vice president and as a policy analyst in Cargill’s public affairs department since 1987, focusing primarily on international trade policy issues. He has also worked as an agriculture legislative assistant to then-U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz and has first-hand experience
in farming, having farmed an 800-acre operation with his family.

Charlotte Lane has a long and distinguished record of public service, Grassley said. Her
commitment is well-documented in her service to the people of West Virginia as a member of the
House of Delegates, a public service commissioner, and most recently as chairman of the Public
Service Commission. “I admire her record of public service and appreciate her enthusiasm to
continue that work here in Washington,” Grassley said. “I hope both of these nominees will move
through the Senate quickly.”