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Continued from pg. 24 years of his administration represented historic highs in both diversity and quality. Clinton has forwarded 142 nominees to the federal bench: two to the Supreme Court, 21 to courts of appeal and 199 to district courts. Sixty-three percent of Clinton’s nominees were rated “well-qualified” by the American Bar Association, a higher percentage than already has named 31 African Americans, more than one-fifth of his nominees, while Reagan and Bush together nominated only 23 African Americans as federal judges in 12 years. More than 30 percent of his nominees have been women, a greater number than any other president. And nearly one-third \(29 public defender office or civil rights group. TRY CONGRESS. U.S. District Judge Filemon Vela of Brownsville indicated he would dismiss Texas’ lawsuit filed to collect $1.3 billion from the federal government to pay for undocumented immi grants living in Texas. Vela suggested the state should take up its complaint with Congress, which approved $130 million to reimburse states for criminal justice costs of immigrants for fiscal year 1995. Texas would get $2 million. INTERIM INSURANCE. Gov . Ann Richards named Rebecca Lightsey, a former consumer advocate who had been executive director of a state health insurance pool, to serve two months as insurance commissioner after Robert Hunter abruptly quit on Dec. 12 to return to his family in Washington, D.C. Hunter was set to consider proposed rules aimed at prohibiting insurers from discriminating based on race, color, religion or national origin but he postponed a hearing when Gov.-elect George Bush asked for time to study the measure. Lightsey said she would not start the hearings until after Jan. 1. Bush is inaugurated Jan. 17 and can name a new insurance commissioner on Feb. 1. PUC PICKS. Governor-elect Bush will get a quick pick on the Public Utility Commission, since Commissioner Karl Rabago has announced plans to leave next month to take a job in the Clinton Administration. And Sarah Goodfriend, who was named to the three-member commission last year, could face problems getting Senate confirmation because she is a lesbian, which could give conservative lawmakers an incentive to bust her and give Bush a swing vote on the panel. INCLUDE ME OUT. Texas AFLCIO President Joe Gunn stormed out of a Workforce Development Committee meetingDec. 9 after the committee, led by Tom Frost, called for an end to worker participation in the running of state job programs under the Texas Employment Commission. Frost and employer representatives on the committee pushed for consolidation of all job programs into a new agency run by a single gubernatorial appointee. The system is now operated by the three-member commission, with at least one commissioner representing workers. 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