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Biden taps ex-Obama official as Interior Department deputy

President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the South Court Auditorium on the White House...
President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Monday, March 29, 2021, in Washington.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 9:50 AM AKDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is naming a former Obama administration official to be deputy secretary at the Interior Department after dropping plans for a more liberal nominee who faced key Senate opposition.

President Joe Biden has nominated Tommy Beaudreau to the No. 2 post.

Beaudreau is a former chief of staff there and served as the first director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, an agency created after the disastrous 2010 BP oil spill.

Beaudreau’s appointment is widely seen as an attempt to win favor with Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The moderates are vital to many of Biden’s priorities.

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