Date: September 24, 2019
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Daniel Jorjani to be the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior with a 51-43 vote. Jorjani has been serving as the Principal Deputy Solicitor for Interior since May of 2017.
“As someone who has served as Solicitor of the Interior, I know Dan Jorjani will be an exceptional Solicitor and serve the American people admirably,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “He will continue to distinguish himself with his integrity, his work ethic, his humility, and his sincere dedication to the Department’s mission.”
“I am truly honored and humbled to serve the American people under President Trump's leadership,” said U.S. Solicitor of the Interior Daniel Jorjani. “I thank the Senate for their confidence in me, and I look forward to helping Secretary Bernhardt advance the President's priorities for the Department.”
As Solicitor, Jorjani will manage over 370 attorneys, encompassing divisions and offices that include ethics; energy and minerals; parks and wildlife; Indian affairs; land; water; and general law, spanning 16 regional and field offices along with the DOI’s Freedom of Information Act office. He also serves as the Regulatory Policy Officer on Interior’s Regulatory Reform Task Force and a member of the DOI’s Executive Resources Board.
From 2001 to 2009, Jorjani held several positions at the DOI under President George W. Bush, including Counselor to the Deputy Secretary and Counselor and Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. In addition, he has significant corporate, nonprofit, and legal experience.
Jorjani received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, master’s degree from Columbia University, and Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School. He is also a member of the New York and District of Columbia bar associations.
“Daniel Jorjani has spent many years as an attorney both with the Interior Department and the private sector. His background and experience make him an ideal choice to become Solicitor General. He will continue to serve our country well.” - Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
“The Department of the Interior has been without a Solicitor since President Trump took office. Having a strong voice for Western values defending Trump’s pro-energy, pro-jobs, pro-conservation policies is pivotal as we grow towards U.S. energy dominance. Daniel Jorjani has an extensive background and knowledge of the issues, and with him as Solicitor, Montanans will know they have a voice for commonsense conservation policies and job growth.” - Senator Steve Daines (R-MT)
“It is good to see Mr. Jorjani confirmed. I plan to work with him in his role as DOI’s Solicitor on multiple North Dakota issues which must be addressed, including wetland enforcement and disputed mineral rights. I look forward to his timely and decisive leadership in these and other areas.” - Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
"I thank the Senate for moving forward with this important confirmation. I congratulate Mr. Jorjani on this new post and look forward to continued good work from the Department of the Interior. Secretary Bernhardt's continued commitment to DOI reform is heartening and welcome as his department serves the American people." - Ranking Member Rob Bishop, House Natural Resources Committee
“Daniel Jorjani will be a fine addition to the Department of the Interior, bringing years of experience and grit to the job. I congratulate him on his confirmation and look forward to working with him in the future.” - Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ-04), Western Caucus Chair
“I applaud the United States Senate for confirming Solicitor Jorjani to this important post. I trust Solicitor Jorjani will utilize his extraordinary professional experience to further protect America’s great outdoors and power our Nation’s future. I look forward to ethical and legal excellence from Solicitor Jorjani’s office.” - Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry