Biden Selects Rep. Deb Haaland to be First American Indian Interior Secretary
December 18, 2020
WILMINGTON, Del. - Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, who currently represents New Mexico's 1st congressional district in the U.S. Congress, has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to become the 54th secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The announcement came Thursday from the Biden transition team and first reported by The Washington Post.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Haaland will be the first American Indian ever to hold a Cabinet post in a presidential administration.
In November 2018, she and Rep. Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk), who serves Kansas's 3rd congressional district, became the first two American Indian women ever elected to Congress.