Secretary Ken Salazar is a partner in the global law firm of WilmerHale. Ken served on the Cabinet of the United States as the 50th Secretary of the Department of the Interior for over four years. In that position, he directed a vast agency responsible for managing the nation’s natural and cultural resources, including the nation’s public lands, fish, wildlife, and national parks. As Secretary, he oversaw energy development in America’s oceans and public lands and had primary responsibility for the federal relationship with American Indians. During his time as Secretary, he helped lead the nation’s “all of the above” energy strategy and successfully developed and implemented pioneering oil and gas and renewable energy initiatives on public and private lands. His many conservation efforts included the creation of ten national parks and ten national wildlife refuges. Additionally, he reset the relationships between the United States and Native American Tribes and Alaskan natives and resolved many long-standing trust and natural resource conflicts between the United States and the Indian country.
The Secretary also served as Colorado’s 35th United States Senator. As Senator, he was a key leader in creating the successful energy framework created by the 2005 Energy Policy Act, the 2006 Gulf of Mexico Security Act, and the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act all of which passed the Congress and were signed by the President. He also was recognized for his leadership on conservation, veterans, agricultural and immigration reform matters.
Prior to becoming U.S. Senator, the Secretary was twice-elected Colorado’s Attorney General, where he worked on making Colorado’s communities safer and protecting Colorado’s land and water. Earlier in his career, he served on the Governor’s Cabinet as executive director of the Department of Natural Resources and Chief Legal Counsel to the Governor.
Ken Salazar is a fifth generation Coloradoan. His family has lived in the American Southwest for over 400 years. The Secretary is a graduate of Colorado College and the University of Michigan Law School. The Secretary and his wife, Hope, have two daughters, Melinda and Andrea, and one granddaughter, Mireya.