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Biden’s Deputy Interior Pick Earned $2.4 Million at Latham

April 22, 2021, 5:52 PM

Tommy Beaudreau, the Latham & Watkins partner who is President Biden’s pick for Interior deputy secretary, earned $2.4 million in a recent 14-month period, according to a federal financial disclosure form.

Beaudreau earned his partnership share between Jan. 1, 2020 and March 17, 2021, according to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics form released Thursday.

In addition, he held between $500,000 and $1 million in a Latham capital account, and a pension plan worth between $250,000 and $500,000, the form showed.

Biden picked Beaudreau last week after Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W. V.) took issue with the president’s first pick for the job, Elizabeth Klein, because of her positions critical of fossil fuel production.

The Interior Department is accountable for hundreds of millions of acres of land and ocean, and it also oversees oil, gas and coal extraction on those spots. If he’s confirmed, Beaudreau will join other agency leaders in the challenge of meshing energy production plans with Biden’s climate change policies.

Beaudreau’s practice in Washington included environmental litigation, crisis management, and internal investigations, according to his firm page. He represented clients including Bayer, UNOCAL Pipeline Co., Harvard University, the National Audubon Society, and the Carlyle Group, a Washington-based private equity firm, the newly released form showed.

According to the 2021 AmLaw 100 listings, Latham equity partners earned $4.52 million in fiscal year 2020. It is unclear whether Beaudreau is an equity partner or non-equity partner with the firm.

Before joining Latham in 2017, he served six and a half years at Interior, most recently as the agency’s chief of staff. He also oversaw energy development and conservation programs on public lands, including the siting of wind and solar projects, according to his bio page.

Beaudreau also serves as a trustee with the Conservation Lands Foundation, according to the financial disclosure report. According to the group’s website, it’s mission is to lead a “national movement of grassroots advocates to protect, restore and expand National Conservation Lands.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Skolnik in Washington at sskolnik@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com;
John Hughes in Washington at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com

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