Statement on designation of Laura Daniel-Davis as acting deputy Interior secretary

Oct 31, 2023

The Biden administration today announced the designation of Laura Daniel-Davis as the acting deputy secretary of the Interior, replacing outgoing Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau. Daniel-Davis is currently the principal deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management at Interior.

The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Deputy Director Aaron Weiss:

“Laura Daniel-Davis is the obvious and well-qualified choice for the number two spot at Interior. She has the experience and deep knowledge of the challenges facing America’s public lands today, and as an existing member of Interior’s top leadership team, she will be able to step into the deputy secretary’s office with ease.

“The Interior Department has its plate full in the coming months, with several high-profile rulemakings and land use plans to complete. The Interior department is also key to implementing presidential orders under the Antiquities Act, a tool President Biden can use over the coming year to become the most consequential conservation president in a century. Laura Daniel-Davis is exactly the person the White House and Secretary Haaland need to help the president make the most of his public lands legacy.

“From the renewable energy transition to the threats posed by the climate and extinction crises, public lands are central to America’s future—and they’re in very good hands with Laura Daniel-Davis at Interior.”

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