Anti-Public Lands Congressman Rob Bishop Rumored to be DOI Secretary Candidate

Following recent reporting that Utah Congressman Rob Bishop is on President Trump’s short list to be the new Secretary of the Interior, Western Values Project Executive Director Chris Saeger issued the following statement:

“Rob Bishop’s fervor for privatizing, selling and transferring public lands and his disastrous record on a myriad of public lands and wildlife issues should immediately disqualify him from being considered for the Secretary of the Interior position. Any potential nominee to run the nation’s largest land management agency must commit to keeping public lands in public hands; Rob Bishop’s record has proved he is committed to doing the exact opposite. Even considering as staunch an anti-public lands zealot as Bishop for this position exemplifies just how tone-deaf the Trump administration is on this critical issue.”

Bishop, who has represented Utah’s 1st congressional district since 2003, served as chair of the Natural Resources Committee from 2015 until handing the gavel over to Representative Raul Grijalva (AZ-03) earlier this month. Bishop is now the ranking minority member of the committee, and has already said he will retire from Congress in 2020.

Background on Rob Bishop’s Anti-Public Lands Views and Actions:

Ex-lobbyist turned Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has been Acting Interior Secretary since January 2 after former Secretary Ryan Zinke resigned due to pressure from the White House after being the subject of some 18 federal investigations. Many of Bernhardt’s former clients have benefited from favorable Interior decisions since he started as Deputy Secretary. Bernhardt has also failed to clarify his position on several issues, including whether he supports the sale or transfer of public lands.

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