The New York Times is reporting that District 5 US Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers has been tabbed by President-elect Donald Trump to be the new Interior secretary.
The Interior secretary manages America’s natural resources and cultural heritage, while providing scientific and other information about those resources. The Department of the Interior includes the US Fish and Wildlife Department, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The agency also oversees the development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and manages water in Wester States.
McMorris Rodgers defeated Democrat Joe Pakootas in the Nov. 8 election for her seventh term as US Rep. and met with Trump in New Jersey on Nov. 20. She is also a vice chairwoman on the 13-member Trump transition committee.
Rodgers moving to Interior secretary, would me her seat in congress would open. The Spokesman-Review is reporting Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart announced his candidacy for the seat on Friday. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has also been approached about running for the seat.
The current Interior secretary is Sally Jewell, the former CEO of Seattle-based REI.