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Outdoor Retail Exec Picked for Interior

Posted at: 02/06/2013 2:15 PM
By: JULIE PACE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he wants REI business executive Sally Jewell to lead his Interior Department.

Jewell is the president and chief executive officer at Recreational Equipment, Inc.  The company sells clothing and gear for outdoor wear.

She is the first woman the president has nominated for his Cabinet in the second term.

Obama noted her previous experience as an engineer in oil fields and her record of achievement and environmental stewardship at REI. He also said she is an active outdoorswoman who once spent a month climbing mountains in Antarctica.

If confirmed, Jewell would replace current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who held the post throughout Obama's first term. Salazar announced last month that he would step down in March.

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