Senate confirms David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior

Senate confirms David Bernhardt to be the 53rd Secretary of the Department of the Interior

Today, the Senate voted to confirm David Bernhardt to be the 53rd Secretary of the Department of the Interior. The 56-41 vote to confirm largely fell along party lines, with Republicans championing his nomination. Three Democrats and one Independent broke party ranks to vote for Bernhardt. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), and Angus King (I-Maine) voted in favor of his confirmation.

The Department of the Interior is home to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, BLM, and the National Perk Service, among others.

Bernhardt has already played a central role in designing many of Mr. Trump’s policies for expanding drilling and mining. Prior to his nomination, Bernhardt served as the deputy to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who resigned amid numerous ethics investigations. Before joining the Trump Administration, Bernhardt worked in the private sector lobbying for the energy sector and served at the Department of the Interior during the George W. Bush administration.