Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement applauding the historic selection of Congresswoman Deb Haaland to serve as Secretary of the Interior:

“Congresswoman Deb Haaland will bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and talent to the Interior Department. Her selection is not only history-making – it’s also a fitting recognition of her expertise and passion for our public lands, environment, and tribal communities. And as the first Native American woman selected to serve as Secretary of the Interior, her appointment marks a profound and historic opportunity to begin to correct centuries of injustice and mistreatment of tribal communities by our federal government.

“There’s no question that Congresswoman Haaland will continue her exemplary public service as Secretary of Interior and will be an advocate for every person, just as she has been in Congress. We applaud President-elect Biden for this excellent, groundbreaking selection, and congratulate our Progressive Caucus colleague and friend Congresswoman Haaland on her exciting new leadership role.”