Water and science nominee adds to growing list of Washington insiders at the Department of the Interior

Today, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is considering Tim Petty to be the Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Water and Science. If his nomination advances, Petty will join a long list of Washington insiders, lobbyists, and special interests that have populated the Interior Department under Secretary Ryan Zinke.

“Once again, we see that Secretary Zinke and President Trump are breaking the promise they made to drain the swamp,” said Chris Saeger, executive director of the Western Values Project.

For nearly the last 20 years, Petty has earned more than $1 million working for the federal government, first on the Senate Republican Conference Committee, then at George W. Bush’s Department of Interior, and most recently, for Senator Jim Risch. Petty hasn’t always been a D.C. insider. In the 1990s, Tim Petty lived in Moscow, Russia, and worked as the “International Director of the Education Project.”

View Tim Petty’s full profile at the Department of Influence.

With Secretary Zinke’s record of filling the Interior Department with special interests and lobbyists, it can be hard to keep track. Western Values Project created the Department of Influence to document the revolving door between special interest lobbyists and political appointees at Interior. Learn more at https://departmentofinfluence.org/.

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