U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today questioned Secretary of Interior Nominee, Sally Jewell, during the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s nomination hearing.
“I am glad I had the opportunity to question Sally Jewell on issues that are important to South Dakota,” said Johnson. “I emphasized the need to place greater priority on completing projects like Lewis & Clark and am pleased that Ms. Jewell agreed to advocate for rural water projects with OMB if confirmed. Ms. Jewell’s keen understanding of the economic benefits that hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation bring to local communities will serve her well at Interior. Ms. Jewell also committed to uphold the federal government’s trust responsibility to American Indians, including prioritizing Indian education, and I look forward to working with her on issues important to Indian Country in South Dakota and throughout the nation.”
Johnson asked questions regarding the importance of rural drinking water and the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System, the Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area and Indian education.
Jewell is currently the CEO and President of the Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI). Prior to her work at REI she worked in commercial banking, including senior roles at Ranier Bank, West One Bank and Washington Mutual Bank. She also serves on boards for the National Parks Conservation Association, the Initiative for Global Development, the University of Washington and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust in Washington State.