Thursday, June 20, 2024

Ken Salazar Selected as Secretary of the Interior

President-elect Barack Obama has named Colorado Senator Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior.

The appointment rounds out Obama’s environment and energy team.

Salazar is a first-term Colorado Senator who has established a name for himself on public lands and energy resources issues. He headed the Colorado Natural Resources Department from 1990 through 1994. The Interior Department has broad oversight over the nation’s energy resources and environment. It oversees oil and gas drilling on public lands and manages the nation’s parks and wildlife refuges.

Senator Salazar, 53, is in his first term in the Senate after serving as his state’s attorney general and executive director of its department of natural resources. He is one of two Latino Senators currently serving in Congress. His brother, John Salazar has been mentioned as his possible successor.

Washington Post