Mr. Friedersdorf, the 1980 Chairman of the Commission, served as Staff Director of the Senate Republican Policy Committee from January 1977 until his appointment to the Commission in February 1979. A native of·Indiana, Mr. Friedersdorf received his B.A. from Franklin College in 1952 and earned an M.A. from American University in 1970. He pursued a journalism career in Indiana before serving as administrative assistant and press secretary to former Congressman Richard L. Roudebush (R-Ind.) from 1961 to 1970. During 1970, he was Director of Congressional Relations for the Office of Economic Opportunity. From 1971 to 1977, Mr. Friedersdorf served in several White House posts. He was Deputy Assistant for Congressional Affairs to President Nixon from 1971 to 1974. He continued as Deputy Assistant to President Ford until 1975, when he became the President's Assistant for Legislative Affairs. Mr. Friedersdorf left the Commission on December 16, 1980, to accept the position of Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs to President-elect Reagan.