Obama Taps REI CEO for Secretary of the Interior

You may recall our recent coverage of the departure announcement of Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. On Wednesday, the Obama administration announced its choice for his replacement – Sally Jewell, CEO of Recreational Equipment, Inc.  While Jewell has never held a government position before, she has previously worked in both the oil industry (as a petroleum engineer for Mobil) and the financial industry (as a commercial banker with Washington Mutual). So Beltway insiders who want to question her credentials will have to choose their words carefully, especailly since she is the first woman nominated for a Cabinet position this term. Of course, Jewell will still have to be confirmed by the Senate, but after climbing mountains in Antarctica, the confirmation hearings will probably seem like a walk in the national park.

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