Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after President Obama announced his intention to nominate REI Chief Executive Officer Sally Jewell as the next Secretary of the Interior:
“President Obama made a wise and bold choice in nominating Sally Jewell to be our next Secretary of the Interior. Her background in business and energy, her love of the outdoors, her experience as an engineer and her commitment to conservation make her an ideal candidate to lead our effort to preserve our natural resources, enhance Americans’ quality of life, and create jobs nationwide.
“Secretary-designate Jewell is a leader dedicated to environmental protection and energy independence. She understands the need to defend our national heritage, our national parks, and our public lands, while investing in the safe and responsible development of our energy resources.
“Sally Jewell will continue the work of President Obama and Secretary Ken Salazar to improve and expand the work of the Interior Department. We look forward to her speedy confirmation and to working hand-in-hand with her in the future.”