Gardner Confirms Coloradan David Bernhardt as Secretary of Interior

Senator Gardner’s Floor Remarks Available Here

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following his vote to confirm David Bernhardt to be the next Secretary of Interior: 

“I was pleased to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to confirm President Trump’s nominee, and native Coloradan, David Bernhardt as the next Secretary of Interior,” said Senator Gardner. “I’ve known David for over twenty years now and I am confident his experience at the Department of Interior makes him more than qualified to do this job. Throughout his confirmation process, I have been continuously vocal about my support for him. David understands how important issues like conservation and moving the Bureau of Land Management West are to the people of Colorado, and that makes his confirmation today great news for our state. I have no doubt David will do a fantastic job as Secretary of Interior.”

Bernhardt was confirmed with bipartisan support in 2017 to be the Deputy Secretary of Interior, where his nomination was supported by several stakeholder groups in Colorado and across the country, including the Colorado River District, Colorado Water Congress, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

NOTE: Downloadable link to Senator Gardner’s remarks on the Senate floor available here.



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.