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Bernhardt nominated for Interior solicitor post

David Bernhardt, an attorney from Colorado, has been nominated by President Bush to serve as Solicitor at the Interior Department.

Bernhardt has been working at Interior since 2001. He first served as director of the Congressional office, then as counsel to Secretary Gale Norton and more recently as deputy solicitor.

Bernhardt is a former associate with the law and lobbying firm of Brownstein Hyatt and Farber. Norton used to work at the firm.

If confirmed by the Senate, Bernhardt would replace Sue Ellen Wooldridge as solicitor

Bill Myers, the first Interior solicitor under Bush, resigned in 2003 to be nominated for a federal appeals court. Tribes and environmental groups derailed his nomination.

Get the Story:
Colo. lawyer tapped for Interior post (The Denver Post 11/19)