At a Glance
- Career History: Executive Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources (2007-2009) and (1974-1980); Managing/senior partner, Arnold & Porter, Denver office (1980-2007)
- Hometown: Colorado
- Alma Mater: Bachelor of Arts, Colorado College; Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B), Columbia University School of Law
- DC Office: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250
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Path to Power
Sherman's interest in the outdoors started at an early age. As a young boy, Sherman's parents would take him to hike, fish, ski and camp in the mountains outside of Denver, Colo. Sherman has said that these experiences left an "indelible impression" on him "about the grandeur and importance of our national forests."
A lifelong Colorado native, Sherman earned his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and his law degree from Columbia University School of Law.
Sherman must overcome the fierce criticism he has received over his involvement with regards to Colorado's state- specific roadless rules proposal. When it has come down to it, Sherman has taken hard stances on bills like the Eastern Oregon Forest Bill and Sen. Jon Tester's (D-Mont.) Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, which were sponsored by fellow Democratic Party members.
Federal Forest Planning Rule
Sherman and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar are longtime friends, both having a long history in Colorado politics. Salazar was also a previous executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.
Sherman is just one of many Colorado officials connected to Salazar who now hold positions that oversee national public lands.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Sherman donated $4,000 to Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) in October 2004 and an additional $2,000 in September 2004. He also donated $2,000 to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in June 2004. And in November 2008, Sherman donated $1,000 to Barack Obama.