By a vote of 87 to 11, the U.S. Senate has officially confirmed Sally Jewell as the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). Jewell, who served as president and CEO of outdoor apparel provider REI, replaces Ken Salazar, who stepped down last month.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, applauded the confirmation.
‘Given her extraordinary background and devotion to conservation efforts, Sally Jewell will make an outstanding Secretary of the Interior,’ Resch said in a statement. ‘She's smart, successful and visionary – all qualities which are needed to be the steward of America's vast natural resources.’