What to expect at the hearing for Interior deputy nominee

By Garrett Downs | 07/08/2024 06:46 AM EDT

Senators will question Shannon Estenoz this week. The hearing may reveal whether she has a chance of getting confirmed.

Shannon Estenoz.

Shannon Estenoz will appear before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Francis Chung/POLITICO

President Joe Biden’s pick for the No. 2 slot at the Interior Department will face the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week.

The president tapped Shannon Estenoz, the current assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, in May to fill the deputy secretary job at Interior.

Her nomination has been relatively well-received in the Senate, which has grown increasingly critical of Biden’s Interior Department after a series of pro-environment decisions.


If confirmed, Estenoz would replace acting Deputy Secretary Laura Daniel-Davis, whose own Senate-confirmed nomination for assistant secretary for land and minerals management failed because of Chair Joe Manchin (I-W.Va.).