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Scott Anthony Angelle

Interior (joined: May 23, 2017)

Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement | $170,000 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Joseph Balash

Interior (joined: Sept. 19, 2017)

Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Thomas P. Baptiste

Interior (joined: Jan. 31, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Secretary | $94,796 | Financial disclosure not required to be publicly released for this position | Resume »

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Brian BarnardTransferred to Transportation

Interior

Advisor | $94,796

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Christine Bauserman

Interior (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Secretary | $73,846 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Preston Richard Beard

Interior (joined: June 5, 2017)

Advisor | $94,796 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Kathleen M.F. Benedetto

Interior (joined: Jan. 25, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Secretary | Senior Advisor | $131,767 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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David L. Bernhardt

Interior (joined: July 25, 2017)

Acting Secretary of the Interior | Deputy Secretary of the Interior | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Megan B. Bloomgren departed May 26, 2017

Interior (joined: Jan. 31, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Secretary | $161,900 | Financial disclosure not required to be publicly released for this position | Resume »

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John Bockmier

Interior

Senior Advisor for Strategic Communication and Outreach | $112,021 | Resume »

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Caroline H. Boulton

Interior (joined: Jan. 24, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Secretary | Special Assistant to the Secretary (Scheduling and Advance) | $66,510 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Loren Richard Bremseth

Interior

Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) | $162,000

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Wesley Luke Bullock

Interior (joined: July 12, 2017)

Advance Representative | $66,510 | Resume »

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Brenda Burman

Interior (joined: Nov. 16, 2017)

Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Scott J. Cameron

Interior (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Secretary | Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary | $170,000 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Scott Cameron founded and was president of a non-profit organization called the "Reduce Risks From Invasive Species Coalition," which has received money from Syngenta, a pesticide company that has been lobbying the Interior Department, and other industry groups. He also worked for Dawson and Associates and worked as an advisor to several companies, including an Interior contractor. Before that, he was at Interior himself. — ProPublica

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Joshua Joseph Campbell

Interior (joined: June 25, 2017)

Advisor | $94,796 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Bio, via Department of Interior:

Josh Campbell has been a civil and criminal trial litigator in state and federal courts for the past ten years. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law in 2007, and has a B.S. in Communications from Liberty University. Mr. Campbell has won oral arguments before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, has published legal articles on the trial court process, has represented clients before the Supreme Court of the United States, and worked with Congressman Buddy Carter, a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, before joining the National Advance and Election Law teams for now President Trump.

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  • Charles Mobley Provided legal services to the client of The Campbell Law Group PC
  • Desalshia Williams Provided legal services to the client of The Campbell Law Group PC
  • Donald J Trump for President I worked on PE-Trump's campaign. My contract of employment naturally ended on 11/10/16 by its own terms
  • Larron Bruce Provided legal services to the client of The Campbell Law Group PC
  • The Campbell Law Group PC This is a self-owned law firm. I never performed any energy-related work (criminal, defense, personal injury).
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James E. Cason

Interior (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Secretary | Associate Deputy Secretary | $179,700 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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James Cason has worked for the Interior Department under past Republican administrations, but had to withdraw from consideration for a post at the Department of Agriculture amid Democratic concerns about his environmental stances. — ProPublica

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Benjamin Cassidy

Interior

Senior Deputy Director, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs | $130,692 | Resume »

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Micah D. Chambers

Interior (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Secretary | Deputy Director, Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs | $112,021 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Gavin Clarkson

Interior (joined: June 11, 2017)

Deputy Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs | $162,000 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Susan Combs Awaiting Senate Confirmation

Interior

Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Marshall T. Critchfield

Interior (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Secretary | Advisor | $94,796 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Mark Antonio Cruz

Interior (joined: Sept. 24, 2018)

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy and Economic Development, Indian Affairs | $162,000

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Bio, via US Department of the Interior- Indian Affairs:

Mark Cruz, an enrolled member of the Klamath Tribes in Oregon, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary–Indian Affairs for Policy and Economic Development (DAS-PED). He was appointed to that post by Assistant Secretary–Indian Affairs Tara Karuk Mac Lean Sweeney on September 24, 2018. The DAS-PED oversees the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) and the Office of Self-Governance (OSG). Mr. Cruz came to the Interior Department after serving on Capitol Hill, most recently as chief of staff to Representative Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) from 2017-2018 and on his legislative staff from 2014-2017. Prior to that office, from 2013-2014, he worked as a legislative fellow in the office of Representative Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma). On Capitol Hill, Mr. Cruz's legislative work focused on education, labor, civil service reform, appropriations, and oversight. He played a notable role in helping enact the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, and twice helped lead House passage of the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act. A Teach for America alum, Mr. Cruz taught at the St. Francis Indian High School, a Bureau of Indian Education tribal grant school, located on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota. While there, he earned the 2011-2012 St. Francis Indian High School Teacher of the Year award. That experience further instilled in Mr. Cruz the belief that all students deserve a high quality education as a means to accessing opportunity and achieving upward mobility. A 2006 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Millennium Scholarship recipient, Mr. Cruz attended Pepperdine University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science and Brown University, where he received a master of arts degree in urban education policy. While at Pepperdine, Mr. Cruz spent a year studying at in London, England; a semester interning at Fox News Channel and Representative Greg Walden’s office (R-Oregon) in Washington D.C.; and a semester studying in Shanghai, China. Outside of work, Mr. Cruz enjoys golfing, reading non-fiction American history, traveling the western United States and outdoor activities with friends.

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Landon Douglas Tucker Davis

Interior (joined: Feb. 13, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Secretary | $94,796 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Nicholas Erick Davis

Interior (joined: May 13, 2018)

Special Assistant, Secretary's Immediate Office | $45,972

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Bio, via Department of Influence:

Nicholas Davis graduated from The Ohio State University in May 2018, where he was a member of The Ohio State University College Republicans and president of Ohio State Students for Trump. He interned on the Trump presidential campaign in 2016 and at the Republican National Committee in 2017. In 2016 he was also a Constituent Aide for Republican State Representative Andy Brenner, who represents part of Delaware County, OH.

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Natalie D. Davis

Interior (joined: Jan. 23, 2017)

Special Assistant | $66,510 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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Blake Deeley

Interior (joined: July 23, 2017)

Advisor | $94,796

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Matthew Dermody

Interior (joined: Feb. 4, 2018)

Special Assistant, Secretarys Immediate Office | $66,510

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Vincent Devito

Interior (joined: April 26, 2017)

Counselor for Energy Policy | $179,700 | Financial Disclosure » | Resume »

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