SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 27, 1997 -- Chevron Corporation today announced that former U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston has been elected to Chevron's Board of Directors.

Johnston, 64, a Democrat from Louisiana, served in the U.S. Senate for 24 years until his recent retirement. As a long-time member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, including chairman for eight years, Sen. Johnston was deeply involved in all energy legislation considered by Congress.

During his tenure as chairman, he was recognized as the nation's pre-eminent legislator on energy policy. He played a key role in the 1992 passage of the National Energy Security Act, the most comprehensive package of energy-related measures ever adopted by Congress. In 1995, Sen. Johnston succeeded in a five-year effort to pass the Deep Water Royalty Relief Act, a measure intended to increase deep-water oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and to increase federal revenues.

He was also a member of the Senate Committees on the Budget, Appropriations, Defense, Aging and Intelligence.

Sen. Johnston is currently the chief executive officer of Johnston and Associates, a governmental and business consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

Johnston served in the Louisiana legislature for eight years prior to his election to the U.S. Senate. A native of Shreveport, La., he studied at the U.S. Military Academy and Washington and Lee University, and in 1956 earned a law degree from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.