Avid hunter David Bernhardt confirmed as Interior’s Deputy Secretary
By Chris Eger
President Trump’s nominee for deputy secretary of the interior, David Bernhardt. (Photo: Department of the Interior)
The attorney and former U.S. Department of Interior solicitor was narrowly confirmed by the Senate to the department’s number two position this week.
Nominated to the post by President Trump in April after leading the Interior Department’s transition team, the one-time lobbyist and outdoorsman was confirmed to help lead the 70,000-person department in a partisan 53-43 roll call on Monday. Bernhardt will join former Navy Seal and Montana lawmaker Ryan Zinke, the current Interior secretary, in spearheading the department charged with managing most of the nation’s public land.
“Finally, after months of waiting for confirmation in the Senate, I’m excited to welcome David Bernhardt back to the Department to serve as Interior’s Deputy Secretary,” said Zinke in a statement. “David’s extensive experience serving under previous Interior secretaries, his esteemed legal career, and down-right love of our land and resources is exactly what is needed to help streamline government and make the Interior and our public lands work for the American economy.”
The Interior Department oversees the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Park Service, among others. As such,