Monday, December 15, 2008

Obama picks Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO) for Interior Secretary

Damn, Obama is plucking the Democratic Senate, DRY!!!

Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), a Latino with deep knowledge of water and land issues, is President-elect Barack Obama's choice to lead the Interior Department.

Two senior Democrats said Obama will name Salazar to the post, rounding out the energy and environmental policy team announced Monday in a Chicago news conference.

Salazar's family helped settle what is now New Mexico in the 1500s. He was raised on a ranch in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado and became an attorney with expertise in water law. He led Colorado's Department of Natural Resources and was state attorney general before winning a vacant Senate seat in 2004 and entering Congress in the same freshman class as Obama.

The Colorado senator campaigned vigorously for Obama in the swing state this fall, with Salazar barnstorming rural areas in a recreational vehicle, preaching alternative energy development and its potential to revitalize rural economies

LA Times

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