Sally Jewell, chief of the outdoor retailer REI, has been nominated to become the 51st secretary of the Department of the Interior. Jewell has never held a major public office. Instead, she has worked in corporate banking for roughly two decades. She started her career as an engineer for Mobil Oil Corp.

Given her few interactions with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, members of Congress are eager to question Jewell about how she will lead the department that is responsible for oil drilling on federal lands and in federal waters, management of public lands, and conservation of endangered species.

Secretary Ken Salazar is stepping down after four years on the job.


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