Sally Jewell

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Sally Jewell
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U.S. Secretary of the Interior
PredecessorKen Salazar
Elections and appointments
NominatedFebruary 6, 2013
ConfirmedApril 10, 2013
AppointedApril 12, 2013
Appointed byBarack Obama
High schoolRenton High School
Bachelor'sWashington University
Date of birthFebruary 21, 1956
Place of birthLondon, England
ProfessionBusiness executive
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Sally Margaret Roffey Jewell (b. February 21, 1956, in London, England) is the current United States Secretary of the Interior. She was confirmed by the Senate on April 10, 2013, by a vote of 87-11. All dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[1]

Jewell was previously the CEO of the recreation retail chain REI. She also worked in commercial banking and petroleum engineering before becoming the Secretary of the Interior.[2]


Jewell was born in London, England, but her father moved the family to the Washington state when she was three years old.[3] She attended Renton High School before graduating from the University of Washington with a bachelor's in mechanical engineering.[4][3] Jewell is an experienced mountain climber, having climbed Mt. Rainier, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Vinson in Antarctica.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Jewell's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Confirmation vote

Jewell was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 10, 2013, by a vote of 87-11.[1] She succeeded Ken Salazar.

Sally Jewell confirmation vote, April 10, 2013
Party Votes for Approveda Votes against Defeatedd Total votes
Democratic Party Democrats 51 0 51
Republican Party Republicans 34 11 45
Independent Independents 2 0 2
Total Votes 87 11 98


Executive Departments of the United States

Executive Departments
Department of DefenseDepartment of StateDepartment of Homeland SecurityDepartment of JusticeDepartment of CommerceDepartment of EducationDepartment of the TreasuryDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of EnergyDepartment of LaborDepartment of TransportationDepartment of the InteriorDepartment of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Veterans AffairsDepartment of Housing and Urban Development

Department Secretaries
Ashton CarterJohn KerryJeh JohnsonEric HolderPenny PritzkerArne DuncanJack LewTom VilsackErnest MonizTom PerezAnthony FoxxSally JewellSylvia Mathews BurwellRobert McDonaldJulian Castro


Jewell is married with two children.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ken Salazar
U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Succeeded by