Haaland appoints Laura Daniel-Davis as acting deputy secretary for Interior, replacing Beaudreau

Haaland appoints Laura Daniel-Davis as acting deputy secretary for Interior, replacing Beaudreau

  • November 1, 2023

Suzanne Downing, Must Read Alaska

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced has named Laura Daniel-Davis as acting deputy secretary, effective immediately. Daniel-Davis is a controversial pick, as she has an active ethics complaint against her by the watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust.

She replaces Tommy Beaudreau, who after serving more than two years as deputy secretary and a decade at Interior, announced he would leave at the end of October. Beaudreau, who lived in Alaska growing up, served his last day for Haaland on Tuesday.

In 2022, Protect the Public’s Trust filed an ethics complaint against her for improperly influencing policy decisions on behalf of the National Wildlife Federation, where Daniel-Davis had previously worked. The National Wildlife Federation had sued the Interior Department over oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and after joining the Interior Department, Daniel-Davis was involved in the cancellation of nine leases in the ANWR coastal plain.

In response to her appointment, Laura Daniel-Davis stated, “The work of the Department of the Interior touches all Americans, and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Acting Deputy Secretary. We will continue to work in partnership with states, Tribes, industry, non-profit organizations, and academia to ensure that the best available science guides our decision-making as we deliver on our promises to the American people.”

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