Senate Confirms Aurelia Skipwith as Director of USFWS 

Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Aurelia Skipwith as the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) by a vote of 52-39.  Ms. Skipwith’s confirmation fell mostly along party lines, with three Democratic Senators joining Republicans in approving the nomination.  With Ms. Skipwith’s confirmation, the USFWS will have its first Director of the USFWS since the beginning of the Trump Administration.

Prior to her confirmation, Ms. Skipwith served as the Interior Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks. She is a co-founder and former general counsel for an agricultural consulting firm, and was formerly a molecular analyst and sustainable agriculture partnership manager for Monsanto.

Ms. Skipwith is the first African American and the third woman to serve as the Director of USFWS.

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