Deb Haaland

Debra Anne Haaland (/ˈhɑːlənd/;[1] born December 2, 1960) is an American politician serving as the 54th United States Secretary of the Interior.[2] A member of the Democratic Party, she served as chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party from 2015 to 2017 and as the U.S. representative for New Mexico's 1st congressional district from 2019 to 2021. Haaland is a Native American and enrolled citizen of the Laguna Pueblo tribe.

Deb Haaland
Official portrait, 2021
54th United States Secretary of the Interior
Assumed office
March 16, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
DeputyTommy Beaudreau
Preceded byDavid Bernhardt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 1st district
In office
January 3, 2019  March 16, 2021
Preceded byMichelle Lujan Grisham
Succeeded byMelanie Stansbury
Chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party
In office
April 25, 2015  April 29, 2017
Preceded bySam Bregman
Succeeded byRichard Ellenberg
Personal details
Debra Anne Haaland

(1960-12-02) December 2, 1960 (age 62)
Winslow, Arizona, U.S.
Laguna Pueblo
Political partyDemocratic
Skip Sayre
(m. 2021)
EducationUniversity of New Mexico (BA, JD)

Haaland's congressional district included most of Albuquerque and most of its suburbs. Along with Sharice Davids, she is one of the first two Native American women elected to the U.S. Congress. She is a political progressive who supports the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.[3][4]

On December 17, 2020, then President-elect Joe Biden announced that he would nominate Haaland to serve as Secretary of the Interior. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 15, 2021, by a vote of 51–40.[5] Following her swearing-in on March 16, she became the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary and the second to serve in the Cabinet, after Republican former vice president and Kaw Nation citizen Charles Curtis.[6][7]

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