Manchin Votes To Confirm Interior, ACHP Nominees

November 18, 2021

To watch a video of Senator Manchin’s remarks, please click here.

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a business meeting to consider two pending nominations. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Committee, voted to advance both nominations.

Ms. Sara Bronin, nominated to be Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), passed out of committee by a recorded vote of 12-8. The motion to report Ms. Laura Daniel-Davis’ nomination to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management resulted in a tied vote. Chairman Manchin will notify the Secretary of the Senate of the tie vote, after which the Senate Majority Leader may move to discharge the nomination so that, if agreed to, the nomination can be placed on the Senate Executive Calendar.

“Ms. Sara Bronin is a Rhodes Scholar, a Yale Law School graduate, and both an architect and a lawyer. She is currently both a professor at Cornell University’s College of Architecture and on the faculty of Cornell’s Law School. She has previously taught property law at the University of Connecticut Law School and was recently a visiting professor at Yale’s School of Architecture. She is clearly knowledgeable about issues of historic preservation and has a distinguished record of public service in this area at the state, national, and local levels. I think she is highly qualified to chair the Advisory Council and I urge a favorable vote on her nomination. Ms. Daniel-Davis has served in the Department of the Interior before. She served as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of the Interior during the Clinton Administration, and as Chief of Staff to Secretary Salazar and to Secretary Jewell during the Obama Administration. She has been serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management since January. She is plainly knowledgeable and experienced and up to the task for which she has been nominated, and I also urge a favorable vote on her nomination,” said Chairman Manchin.

To watch the business meeting in full, please click here.