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Sally Jewell tapped for Interior Secretary

8:02 AM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
Sally Jewell, President and CEO of REI. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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USA TODAY

President Obama will nominate business executive Sally Jewell to as his new Interior Secretary, officials said.

Jewell is the president and CEO of Recreational Equipment Inc., which sells clothing and gear for the outdoors and is headquartered in Kent, Washington.

Two administration officials confirmed the appointment, speaking on condition they not be named because President Obama will make a formal announcement this afternoon.

If confirmed by the Senate, Jewell would replace Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who announced his resignation last month.

The selection of Jewell may also ease criticism that Obama has relied too much on white men to stock his second term Cabinet.

Jewell introduced Obama at a 2011 White House event for "America's Great Outdoors Initiative."

A former commercial banker for Washington Mutual, Jewell became president of Recreational Equipment Inc. since 2005.

USA TODAY

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