News Release

Two New Members Elected to Brookings Board of Trustees

March 29, 1996

Warren Rudman, former United States senator, and Vincent Trosino, chief operating officer of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company were elected to the Brookings Institution Board of Trustees on February 26. Board membership now totals 32.

“I am happy to welcome these two influential individuals to our membership,” said Chairman James A. Johnson. “Their lengthy experience in Congress and in the private sector brings important assets to our Board and will offer seasoned advice for our research agenda.”

Warren B. Rudman, partner in the international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, served two terms as United States senator from New Hampshire. He was first elected to the Senate in 1980 and overwhelmingly re-elected in 1986. Before his Senate service, he was appointed the Attorney General of New Hampshire in 1975 and elected president of the National Association of Attorneys General. He then joined the law firm, Sheehan, Phinney, Bass and Green where he currently maintains an office part-time.

In 1986, Rudman was appointed to serve as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Select Committee investigating arms transfers to Iran. He served on the Ethics Committee from 1985 until he left the Senate, presiding as Chairman and Vice Chairman. In 1992, Rudman joined former Senator Paul Tsongas and former Commerce Secretary Pete Peterson to form the Concord Coalition, a non-profit organization set up as a grass-roots movement to awaken the American people to the gravity of the nation’s fiscal crisis. He received his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and his LL.B. from Boston College Law School. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Vincent J. Trosino, vice chairman of the board, executive vice president and chief operating officer of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, began his career with State Farm in 1962. Following a series of promotions, he was elected regional vice president for the Northeastern region.

In 1986, Trosino returned to corporate headquarters to serve as vice president in the president’s office, was elected executive vice president in 1987, chief operating officer in 1991, and vice chairman of the board in 1994. He was appointed by Illinois Governor Jim Edgar in 1992 to a four-year term as a public member of the State Judicial Board. He has served on the Illinois State University Foundation Board since 1990 and has been chairman since 1993. He received his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, a master’s degree from Illinois State University, and resides in Bloomington, Illinois.

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