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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said he looks forward to working with newly appointed Minerals Management Service Director, Johnnie Burton, who is currently serving as Wyoming's Department of Revenue director.

Burton was named today by Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton to fill the director position effective March 15, 2002.

"There is no one more suited for this position and I know that she will make Wyoming very proud," said Enzi.

Burton has broad experience in the oil and gas industry. She began her career in the oil and gas industry as an oil scout in Casper. Since then Burton has served as vice-president of Dwights Energydata Inc., an information company specializing in oil and gas databases, and as the vice-president of TCF Inc., an oil and gas exploration company based in Casper. Burton was also president and founder of Hotline Energy Reports Inc., which managed a database of oil and gas wells drilled in 11 Rocky Mountain States.

"I served with Johnnie in the Wyoming legislature and know that she is extremely focused, well informed and a hard worker. I also chaired the Revenue Committee while she was head of the Wyoming Department of Revenue and can vouch for her administrative capabilities," said Enzi. "She knows the issues and her many years of fine and dedicated service and no nonsense approach to tackling problems will bring a much needed breath of fresh air to the nation's capitol and the federal government."

The Minerals Management Service director oversees the mineral royalties distributions to the federal government and the states.