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Debra A. HaalandDEMDemocrat U.S. Secretary of the Interior
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Debra Anne Haaland (born December 2, 1960) is an American politician serving as the 54th United States Secretary of the Interior. 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 member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe. 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.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. 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.

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Education6 - 6 of 4
University of New Mexico
Bachelor of Arts English studies
1988 - 1994
University of California, Los Angeles
Highland High School
1978
University of New Mexico School of Law
Juris Doctor
2006
Past Positions1 - 6 of 6
Secretary
United States Department of the Interior
2021 - Current
Representative
United States House of Representatives
2019 - 2021
Administrator Director
Maxcare Incorporated
Current
General Manager
San Felipe Casino Hollywood
2015 - 2016
Tribal Administrator
Pueblo of San Felipe
2013 - 2015
Manager
Native American Vote Program
2010
Other Experience1 - 15 of 15
Member
Pueblo of Laguna
Current
Chair
Democratic Party of New Mexico
2015 - 2017
Government Relations Employee
Laguna Development Corp
2017
Chair
Native American Caucus, Democratic Party of New Mexico
2012 - 2013
Director
Native American Vote, Organizing for America New Mexico
2012
Native American Vote Manager
Diane Denish Gubernatorial Campaign
2010
Delegate
Democratic National Convention
2008
Volunteer
Barack Obama Campaign
2008
Former Chair
Laguna Developent Corporation Board of Directors
Former Chair
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the United States, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Natural Resources Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Readiness, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Military Personnel, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Armed Services Committee, United States House of Representatives