James W. Ziglar
Commissioner, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Aug. 6, 2001- November 30, 2002
James W. Ziglar was appointed Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) by the President and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 31, 2001. He took office on August 6, 2001.
Prior to coming to the INS, Mr. Ziglar was elected in 1998 as the 35th Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the United States Senate. He served as chief protocol officer and law enforcement officer of the Senate, and as principal administrative officer for most support services provided to Senators and their staffs.
Before his tenure as Sergeant at Arms, Mr. Ziglar was a Managing Director of PaineWebber Incorporated. He was a member of the PaineWebber Operating Committee, and served as Chairman of the Municipal Securities Group Operating Committee.
Mr. Ziglar had a total of 23 years experience in the public finance industry as an investment banker and lawyer. In addition to his experience in the private sector, Mr. Ziglar worked in various capacities in the federal government. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science (1987-1988), in which capacity he directed the operations of the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Bureau of Mines. Earlier, Mr. Ziglar served variously as an aide to United States Senator James O. Eastland (1964-1971), as a legislative and public affairs officer at the U.S. Department of Justice (1971-1972), and as a Law Clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun (1972 Term).
In 1973, Mr. Ziglar began his career as a lawyer. He worked as an associate at the New York law firm of Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Ferdon (1973-1977), and as a partner at the Phoenix law firm of O’Connor, Cavanagh, Anderson, Westover, Killingsworth & Beshears (1977-1980). In 1980, Mr. Ziglar joined the investment banking industry and became a Senior Vice President of Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. (1980-1984), a Managing Director of PaineWebber Inc. (1984-1987, 1990-1998), and a Managing Director of Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. (1989).
Mr. Ziglar received his Bachelor of Arts and his Juris Doctorate Degrees from George Washington University.
Mr. Ziglar was a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi.
On November 30, 2002, Mr Ziglar left the INS. He was the last Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (the first began on July 1, 1891.)