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Biden Leans on Interior Veterans to Fill Top Roles at Agency

Jan. 20, 2021, 8:15 PM

New political hires at the Interior Department under President Biden include natural resources experts and veterans of the agency under former President Obama.

  • The agency announced initial members of its leadership team, including former Interior chief of staff Laura Daniel Davis, as principal deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management
  • Jennifer Van der Heide, who has been chief of staff to Representative Deb Haaland, Biden’s Interior secretary nominee, is filling the same role at Interior
  • Kate Kelly, who served in the agency under Obama and has been public lands director at the Center for American Progress, is deputy chief ...

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