John E. Tull, Jr. has owned and operated a diversified farming operation in his hometown of Lonoke, Arkansas, which produced rice, soybeans, corn, wheat and cattle. Through the years, Mr. Tull has served in every capacity of the Arkansas and National Rice Councils, as president of both organizations. In addition to his devotion to rice promotion and research, Mr. Tull served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and the Korean conflict. He also traded the rice contract as a licensed floor broker at the New Orleans Commodity Exchange and the Mid-America Commodity Exchange, and he was later a member of the Chicago Board of Trade's Rice Working Group. Mr. Tull was nominated to be a commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission by President Clinton on November 5, 1993. Following confirmation by the Senate, he was sworn in on November 24, 1993, for a term expiring April 15, 1998. In addition to farming, Mr. Tull has served as chairman of the Arkansas State Plant Board, secretary-treasurer of the Arkansas Seed Growers Association, president of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association, vice president of the Arkansas Soybean Association and was chairman of the Governor’s Rail Safety Committee. He has been active in the Lonoke Presbyterian Church, where he has taught Sunday School for many years.