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Friday, November 20, 2020
House Democrats push Biden to pick Haaland as next Interior secretary
More than 50 House Democrats are pushing President-elect Joe Biden to select Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) as his next Interior secretary, a move that would for the first time bring a Native American into a president’s Cabinet.
“Representative Deb Haaland is eminently qualified to be Interior Secretary. She has been a champion for our environment and public lands and has worked tirelessly to improve the nation-to-nation relationship between the United States and Indian tribes,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to the transition team, noting their ability to “make history by giving Native Americans a seat at the Cabinet table for the first time.”
Haaland, who is already being vetted for the position, was in 2018 one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress, alongside Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.). The letter, first reported by Politico, was spearheaded by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.). Haaland chairs the panel's Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.
Though just elected to her second term, “she has distinguished herself as a respected leader within our caucus,” the lawmakers wrote, while her focus on climate change and Native rights would help her “play a leading role in carrying out your administration’s environmental and climate policies and managing its relationship with tribal nations.”
Haaland has also been backed by youth climate organization Sunrise Movement and has generated excitement among progressives and those eager to see Biden keep his promise to pick a Cabinet that reflects the diversity of the country.
But the letter from colleagues helps bolster her bid, showing support from a broader ideological range.
Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, fellow New Mexico Democrats, are also being considered for the role, though it is unclear if they are also being vetted. Udall, who did not run for reelection and is leaving the Senate in January, told The Hill earlier this week that he is still in the running for the role.
“Like so many New Mexicans, I’m excited about the vision of the incoming Biden-Harris administration and I am honored to be considered for an opportunity to continue my public service,” he said...MORE