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WASHINGTON - Robert Zimmerman, a Democratic national committeeman and public relations executive from Great Neck, was nominated Wednesday by President Barack Obama to be a member of the National Council on the Humanities.

The Senate must confirm Zimmerman for a six-year term as one of 26 board members of the council, which advises the National Endowment for the Humanities and the $146 million in Congressional appropriations for investment in cultural programs.

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Zimmerman declined to comment.

Zimmerman often appears on CNN, MSNBC and other cable shows to discuss politics. He also has served on other culture-related boards, including the board of the American Museum of Natural History. He is also a major contributor and fundraiser for Democrats.

Zimmerman, 60, is a partner in Zimmerman/Edelson and a member of the board for the Center for an Urban Future in Manhattan. He has been a member of the Democratic National Committee for 15 years.