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Outdoor Retail Executive Picked for Interior Secretary

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President Barack Obama says he wants REI business executive Sally Jewell to lead his Interior Department.

Jewell is the president and chief executive officer at Recreational Equipment, Inc. The company sells clothing and gear for outdoor wear.

She is the first woman the president has nominated for his Cabinet in the second term.

Obama noted her previous experience as an engineer in oil fields and her record of achievement and environmental stewardship at REI. He also said she is an active outdoorswoman who once spent a month climbing mountains in Antarctica.

If confirmed, Jewell would replace current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who held the post throughout Obama's first term. Salazar announced last month that he would step down in March.   (AP) 

Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement:

"Sally Jewell will bring valuable experience and a depth of knowledge and expertise to the Department of the Interior. In nominating Ms. Jewell, President Obama has reaffirmed his commitment to responsibly managing and protecting our nation's natural resources and great outdoors while also developing our immense clean energy potential. This Cabinet post has particular significance for my home state. More than 85 percent of our land is owned by the Federal government and we have made great progress towards a clean energy future on Nevada's public lands. I am confident that Ms. Jewell will continue the stellar work of her predecessor, Ken Salazar, who has served our nation with great distinction."


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