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Stephen Brooks:
For Immediate Release:October 9, 2003

Secretary Norton Appoints Chad Calvert
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals Management


Secretary Norton Appoints Chad Calvert
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals Management

(WASHINGTON) - Interior Secretary Gale Norton has appointed Chad Calvert of Riverton, Wyo., as deputy assistant secretary for Land and Minerals Management.

Calvert will assist Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals Management Rebecca Watson in management oversight and policy direction for the Bureau of Land Management, Minerals Management Service and the Office of Surface Mining.

"Chad Calvert has rapidly earned a reputation as an individual who immerses himself in a myriad of projects and with positive results," Secretary Norton said. "His experience in dealing with Congress, coupled with his positive outreach experience, increases his value to our team."

Calvert was a member of the Bush-Cheney transition team, where he worked on Interior policy and coordinated outreach with external groups. He also assisted in preparing the Secretary for her Senate confirmation hearings and has worked with each of the presidential appointees at Interior to get them through their confirmations.

As one of the Bush administration's earliest appointees to the department, Calvert has been serving as deputy director of the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs since January 2001. In that post he assisted the Secretary of the Interior and the director of Congressional Affairs in liaison activities with congressional committees and members of Congress. He coordinated departmental legislative policy with the assistant secretary for land and minerals management and the assistant secretary for Indian affairs, with their bureau directors and with the Office of Management and Budget.

Calvert previously served as director of the U.S. House Western Caucus, an organization of 58 house members. He also served as senior legislative assistant to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), where he was engaged in energy, environmental and resource issues and served as legislative assistant and legislative director for Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY).

Calvert is a graduate of Georgetown University and he is currently enrolled at George Mason University Law School. He resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Jennifer.

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