Bush Taps Fong for PBGC Advisory Committee Chair

October 3, 2001 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - President Bush has tapped former California State Treasurer Matt Fong, for appointment as Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).

As a member of the panel, Fong, currently special counsel with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, will represent the interests of the general public for a term that will expire in 2004.

Fong is in his second stint with Sheppard Mullin and is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Securities department.


Fong began his career at Sheppard Mullin in 1985. He then served as Vice-Chair of California’s State Board of Equalization, and was elected State Treasurer in 1995 and served a four-year term as California’s chief financial officer.

In 1998, he was the Republican nominee for US Senate and, following that campaign, rejoined Sheppard Mullin in 1999 as special counsel. Fong served as co-chair of the California Bush for President 2000 campaign and also served on the National Executive Board of the Victory 2000 Finance Committee.


Fong graduated from US Air Force Academy in 1975, earned a JD from Southwestern University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

He is a Lt. Colonel in the US Air Force Reserve, assigned to the Pentagon. Fong serves on the Board of Regents for Pepperdine University and is also on the Boards of Directors for Trust Company of the West, Vialta, Asia Demand, and American National Financial. Fong is also chairman of the Leadership America Foundation.