David Bernhardt sworn in as Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department >>

August 2nd, 2017

David Bernhardt sworn in as Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department

On Tuesday, August 1st, David Bernhardt was sworn in as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior (Department) by Secretary Ryan Zinke. Bernhardt was confirmed by a Senate vote of 53 to 43 on July 24th. He previously served as Director of the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs and later as Solicitor at the Department during the George W. Bush Administration. He also was a counselor and policy adviser to former Interior Secretary Gale Norton. Secretary Zinke said, “I’m excited to have David Bernhardt here to help me lead the Department of the Interior.” At the moment, Zinke and Bernhardt are the only two officials confirmed by the Senate at the Department. The Department is responsible for upholding trust responsibilities between the federal government and tribal nations.

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