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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

McDonnell Names Domenech as Secretary of Natural Resources

Governor Elect Bob McDonnell today announced that Former Loudoun County Republican Committee Chairman Doug Domenech will serve as his Secretary of Natural Resources.

According to the McDonnell Press Release:

Mr. Domenech most recently served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Insular Affairs where he managed U.S. relations with seven insular areas including US Territories of the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and US Freely Associated States of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands. Policy issues addressed in this role included energy, security, economic development and health.

Prior to serving at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Mr. Domenech had a long career in forestry. Upon graduating from college he became the Acting Director of the Timber Harvesting Management Program at Alabama A&M University where he managed research funded by the USDA Forest Service and Tennessee Valley Authority. In 1981 he went to work for the Forest Resources Association, a national technical trade association which represents produces and consumers of raw wood material. He began as the Southwestern Division Forester in Jackson, MS, and then moved to become the Southeastern Division Forester in Charleston, SC. He later became the Director of Forestry Programs at the FRA’s headquarters in Washington, DC from 1990-1993.

Among the agencies under Domenech's domain is the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - an agency near and dear to the hearts of sportsmen.

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