Colo. Sen Salazar Tapped as Interior Secretary
He's to play 'critical role' in moving US toward energy independence
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2008 1:43 AM CST
Sen. Ken Salazar is expected to be named Interior Secretary. His brother, John, a US Congressman, is among those who could be named to take his Senate seat.   (AP Photo/Rocky Mountain News, Todd Yates)
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(Newser) – President-elect Barack Obama has tapped Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar to be his secretary of the interior, sources have told the Denver Post. Salazar is "all but certain" to be given the job this week, pending a background check, the newspaper reports. The first-term senator serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and is the former director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

Salazar seconded Obama's nomination at the Democratic Convention in August. He met with Obama's transition team last week to discuss a possible appointment. Salazar is author of legislation called the Great Outdoors Colorado Amendment which directed state lottery funds into land conservation. Obama said yesterday his cabinet pick would be key to developing America's energy independence.