President-elect Joe Biden announced on Thursday he plans to nominate Deb Haaland as the first-ever Native American Cabinet Secretary. Haaland became one of the first two Native American women to be elected to Congress in 2018. She will serve as Biden’s interior secretary.
A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior.
Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo household made me fierce. I’ll be fierce for all of us, our planet, and all of our protected land.
I am honored and ready to serve.
— Deb Haaland (@DebHaalandNM) December 18, 2020
Haaland identifies as a 35th generation New Mexican. She is also a single mother that started a salsa company before enrolling in law school and earning her degree from the New Mexico School of law in 2006. She started her political career in 2012 when she worked on Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign as New Mexico’s state vote director for Native Americans.
Biden announced several other picks for his team this week that he says will be ready on day one to tackle climate change.
Former Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm has been selected for Secretary of Energy. Michael Regan will become the first Black man to head up the Environmental Protection Agency provided his nomination is confirmed. He has worked at the EPA previously under both Democrat and Republican Presidents. Environmental lawyer, Brenda Mallory, has been selected as Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. Gina McCarthy has been selected as the first-ever National Climate Advisor. She will head the newly created White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy. Alli Zaidi, currently New York’s Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment, has been selected as Deputy National Climate Advisor.
“This team will advance the President-elect’s agenda leading the world to confront the climate crisis – creating good-paying jobs, building resilient communities, and making historic investments in environmental justice,” reads a statement released by the Biden team on Thursday.
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