Salazar Tracks Impact at Interior Department

April 8, 2013 by · Comments Off on Salazar Tracks Impact at Interior Department 

Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar (center) with American Recreation Coalition President Derrick Crandall (left) at National RV Trade Show on Nov. 29, 2011, in Louisville, Ky.

Ken Salazar, a man of unnaturally sunny disposition in an often gloomy town, may be the happiest person in the Obama administration these days. He is going home to Colorado this week, provided his successor as interior secretary is confirmed as expected.

“I’ve had a glorious and joyful run,” he told the New York Times, reflecting about his four years at the top of the Department of the Interior and, before that, his four years in the Senate. “Coming to work, I’ve just been living the dream every day.”

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Interior Secretary Salazar to Retire in March

January 16, 2013 by · Comments Off on Interior Secretary Salazar to Retire in March 

Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who over the past four years has crisscrossed the nation to oversee management of public lands ranging from national parks to offshore energy deposits, will step down from the job in March, National Parks Traveler reported.

The secretary, a former senator from Colorado before he was named to lead the Interior Department by President Obama, said he will return to that state after he leaves the agency.

“Colorado is and will always be my home. I look forward to returning to my family and Colorado after eight years in Washington, D.C.,” said Salazar in a prepared statement. “I am forever grateful to President Obama for his friendship in the U.S. Senate and the opportunity he gave me to serve as a member of his cabinet during this historic presidency.”

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