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Michael L. Connor

Michael L. Connor
United States Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Assumed office
February 27, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by David J. Hayes
Personal details
Born Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater New Mexico State University
University Of Colorado School Of Law

Michael L. Connor is the current United States Deputy Secretary of the Interior.


Connor received his J.D. from the University Of Colorado School Of Law, and is admitted to the bars of Colorado and New Mexico. He previously received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from New Mexico State University and worked for General Electric.

He previously served as Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), a position he held from 2009 until his appointment as Deputy Secretary. He previously served as Counsel to the United States Senate Natural Resources Committee since May 2001 until 2009. While serving as counsel he managed legislation for both the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey, developed water resources legislation and handled Native American issues that are within the Energy Committee’s jurisdiction.

During the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 2001, Connor served in the Department of the Interior, including as Deputy Director from 1998 to 1999[1] and then director of the Secretary’s Indian Water Rights Office from 1998 to 2001. While serving in this capacity he represented the Secretary of the Interior in negotiations with Indian tribes, state representatives, and private water users to secure water rights settlements consistent with the federal trust responsibility to tribes.

Before joining the Secretary’s Office, he was employed with the Interior Solicitor’s Office in Washington, DC and in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He began his Interior career in the Solicitor’s Honors Program in 1993.[2]

He was a research assistant in the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado from 1991 to 1993. From 1984 to 1990 he worked as a professional engineer for General Electric.[1][2]

Nomination to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior

On July 31, 2013, President Obama nominated Connor to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Interior,[3] which was vacated by David Hayes who resigned at the end of June 2013.[4]

He received a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources on September 17, 2013.[5]

He was later confirmed in a vote of 97-0 on February 27, 2014.,[2][6] and is the first person of Native American descent to serve in that post.[7]
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Swearing In Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor


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Political offices
Preceded by
David J. Hayes
United States Deputy Secretary of the Interior

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