WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Senate voted to confirm Aurelia Skipwith to be director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Senate voted 52 to 39 to confirm Skipwith.
U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), delivered the following remarks just before the Senate voted.
Senator Barrasso’s remarks:
“Today the Senate is considering the nomination of Aurelia Skipwith to be director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“The agency needs Senate-confirmed leadership in place.
“She is well qualified to serve as the director.
“She has a degree in biology from Howard University, a degree in molecular genetics from Purdue University, and a law degree from the University of Kentucky.
“For almost three years, Ms. Skipwith has served as the Department of the Interior’s deputy assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.
“At her nomination hearing, Ms. Skipwith was introduced by Democratic Congressman William Lacy Clay of Missouri.
“He said Ms. Skipwith was ‘one of the most talented, hardest working and driven persons that I have ever known.’
“I encourage every Senator to support her nomination.”