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Jerry Brown appoints brother-in-law to state athletic commission

Van Gordon Sauter on January 7, 1997
Van Gordon Sauter on January 7, 1997 Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed his brother-in-law, a former broadcast journalist, to the California State Athletic Commission, his office announced Wednesday.

Van Gordon Sauter, husband of former state Treasurer Kathleen Brown, is a former chairman of the commission, which regulates boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts in California.

The appointment, which requires Senate confirmation, pays a $100 per diem.

A former president of CBS News and FOX News, Sauter worked later in his career, from 1995 to 1998, as president and general manager of Sacramento’s public television station, KVIE.

Sauter described himself in 1994, the year his Democratic wife ran unsuccessfully for governor, as an “arch-conservative Republican.” He is now registered to vote without party preference.

The 79-year-old Los Angeles resident wrote a recently published coffee table book, “The Sun Valley Story.”

The governor’s office described it as “an anecdotal history of the nation’s premiere heritage ski resort.”

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.