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Draining the swamp: Trump's reported pick for interior secretary is a House GOP leader

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President-elect Donald Trump is expected to choose Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, currently the No. 4 Republican in the House of Representatives, to lead the Department of the Interior, according to the New York Times. The department, which manages federally owned land and oversees programs benefiting Native American tribes, employs more than 70,000 people and has an annual budget of roughly $12 billion.

McMorris Rodgers represents eastern Washington State in Congress and is the highest-ranking Republican female on Capitol Hill. She has generally supported more fossil fuel drilling and coal mining on federal lands, which the Obama administration has generally opposed.

McMorris Rodgers is currently a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and previously served as chairwoman of the National Task Force on Improving the National Environmental Policy Act.

McMorris Rodgers is the third woman selected by Trump for a position within his Cabinet. He has already nominated former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao (and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) to head the Transportation Department and billionaire businesswoman and education activist Betsy DeVos to run the Education Department.

Trump has also selected women for senior administration posts, including WWE executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration and South Carolina GOP Gov. Nikki Haley to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

McMorris Rodgers said she voted for Trump in the Washington State Republican primary. Later, however, she added: "Did I cast my ballot with enthusiasm? Not exactly.”

With Trump's latest appointment, the House Republican leadership is likely so see a bit of a shakeup.

(H/T: The Hill)

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