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Columbia Basin Bulletin 3/17/09
* Obama Announces Nomination For New Bureau
Of Reclamation Commissioner
President Obama announced this week that he intends to nominate
Michael L. Connor as Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of
Connor has more than 15 years of experience in the public sector,
including having served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate and Natural
Resources Committee since May 2001.
At the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee, Connor has
managed legislation for both the Bureau and the U.S. Geological
Survey, developed water resources legislation and handled Native
American issues that are within the Energy Committee's
From 1993 to 2001, Connor served in the Department of the
Interior, including as deputy director and then director of the
Secretary's Indian Water Rights Office from 1998 to 2001. In this
capacity, Connor represented the Secretary of the Interior in
negotiations with Indian tribes, state representatives, and
private water users to secure water rights settlements consistent
with the federal trust responsibility to tribes.
Before joining the Secretary's Office, he was employed with the
Interior Solicitor's Office in Washington, DC and in Albuquerque,
New Mexico. He began his Interior career in the Solicitor's Honors
Program in 1993.
Connor received his law degree from the University of Colorado
School of Law, and is admitted to the bars of Colorado and New
Mexico. He previously received a bachelor of science degree in
chemical engineering from New Mexico State University and worked
for General Electric.
The agency he will lead if confirmed by the Senate is a water
management agency and the largest wholesale provider of water in
the country. It brings water to more than 31 million people, and
provides one out of five Western farmers with irrigation water for
farmland that produces much of the nation's produce.
Reclamation is also the second largest producer of hydroelectric
power in the western United States with 58 power plants.
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