Top senators appear open to Interior deputy nominee

By Garrett Downs | 05/15/2024 06:24 AM EDT

Shannon Estenoz, Biden’s pick for the No. 2 slot at the department, could still face hurdles.

Shannon Estenoz.

Shannon Estenoz, assistant Interior secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, on Capitol Hill. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The chair and ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee appear open to advancing President Joe Biden’s pick for the No. 2 job at the Interior Department.

Shannon Estenoz, the current assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, would replace acting Deputy Secretary Laura Daniel-Davis if confirmed. Her nomination could face considerable headwinds in the Senate, where a growing number of senators are incensed by Interior’s recent decisions.

ENR Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Tuesday suggested that the committee will consider Estenoz, but did not offer a timetable.


“I had a good visit with her the first time,” Manchin said. “It’s been quite a while ago, we’ll revisit all that, I haven’t gotten back into that.”