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Outdoor Industry Applauds Confirmation of Representative Debra Haaland as Secretary of the Interior

March 15, 2021

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Ryan Taylor

BOULDER, Colo. – Today, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Representative Debra Haaland for Secretary of the Interior by a vote of 51-40. Lise Aangeenburg, executive director of Outdoor Industry Association made the following statement on the historic confirmation:

“Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is thrilled the Senate has at last confirmed Secretary Deb Haaland to lead the Department of the Interior. Her stellar track record on public lands and waters, climate change, and environmental justice positions her as an integral partner to the outdoor community and a fantastic leader of the department. During her time in Congress and throughout her confirmation hearing, Secretary Haaland repeatedly demonstrated a deep understanding of the most pressing issues of the moment, including the industry’s role in economic recovery.

“Outdoor recreation is a cornerstone of American life, but it relies on the health and well-being of our country’s natural outdoor spaces. OIA and our members stand ready to work with the secretary to advance important policy priorities from conservation and climate change to access, inclusion, and more.”


About the Outdoor Industry Association

Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry. OIA unites and serves 1300 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business innovation and outdoor participation. For more information, visit