The Senate confirmed Neil Kornze to run the Bureau of Land Management, where he currently works as its principal deputy director. Previously, the native Nevadan worked on public lands issues in Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) office.
Kornze, 35, will be in charge of the federal agency that oversees 264 million acres of public lands, primarily in western states. Republicans cited his age in questioning whether he had the necessary experience to run a government department. The Senate approved him 71-28.
The Senate also confirmed, by voice vote, Frank G. Klotz, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant general, to be under secretary of Energy for nuclear security and administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration. Klotz had top jobs in the Air Force and on national security issues in President George W. Bush’s administration. He was most recently a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.