George Kieffer, a prominent L.A. attorney and business leader, has been nominated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the University of California Board of Regents.

Kieffer, 61, a Los Angeles resident, is a partner in the West Los Angeles law firm of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, where he is chairman of the government and regulatory policy division. A longtime Democrat and civic leader, Kieffer was chairman of one of the two city charter reform commissions during the administration of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.

Kieffer also served as chairman for two years of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, during which time he worked to boost the chamber's political activism. And he served as president of the board of governors of the California Community College system.

Kieffer also has close ties to the Schwarzenegger family. He has been the personal attorney for Maria Shriver, both before and since she became the first lady.

The UC Board of Regents consists of 26 members, 18 appointed by the governor to 12-year terms, seven ex-officio members (including the governor and lieutenant governor and the speaker of the Assembly) and one student representative appointed to a one-year term. Kieffer's nomination requires state Senate approval. There is no salary. The board sets all policies of the 10-school UC system, including UCLA.

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