February 18, 2020

Nomination of MacGregor to Serve as Deputy Secretary of the Interior Passes Committee

On February 11, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced the nomination of Ms. Kate MacGregor to serve as the next Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) on a strong bipartisan voice vote.

The nomination of Ms. MacGregor to serve as the Deputy Secretary has now passed the Committee on a bipartisan vote twice. Ms. MacGregor’s appointment required a second nomination by the President after the Committee advanced her nomination, but the full Senate failed to hold a floor vote as a result of the legislative calendar late last year. In advance of the Committee’s vote last week, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) sent an alert to Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) members who serve on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee urging them to vote in favor of Ms. MacGregor’s nomination, and included in the alert was a letter from CSF in support of the nomination.

Since joining the Department of the Interior in 2017, MacGregor has served in a number of roles including Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Lands and Minerals Management, and her current role as Deputy Chief of Staff. She is currently exercising the authority of Deputy Secretary of the Department. Prior to joining DOI, MacGregor served as a staff member on the House Natural Resources Committee for 10 years under two different Chairmen where she gained critical knowledge needed to ensure the conservation of our nation’s natural resources.

“The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation applauds the swift advancement of Kate MacGregor’s nomination as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane. “During her time at the Department and on Capitol Hill, Kate has demonstrated a clear and firm commitment to America’s sportsmen and women. We look forward to working with her as the Deputy Secretary after she is confirmed by the full Senate.”

MacGregor’s nomination now awaits a floor vote in the Senate.

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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