From the Associated Press via the Summit Daily News:
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar praised the U.S. Senate confirmation of Bob Abbey, saying he has a “proven record of strong leadership and accomplishments” that will make him an outstanding overseer of the 258 million acres managed by the BLM across the West.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who recommended Abbey for the national post, echoed Salazar’s accolades. “Coming from Nevada where nearly 90 percent of the land is federally managed, Bob understands the challenges that our state can sometimes face and will be very helpful in addressing them,” Reid said in a statement.
Abbey served eight years as the BLM’s director in Nevada, retiring in 2005. He also helped former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt complete a Utah wilderness inventory 10 years ago. More recently, he has been in private practice as a Nevada-based consultant. Before coming to Nevada, he was state BLM director in Colorado, and also worked for the agency in various positions in Arizona, Wyoming, Washington, D.C., and Mississippi. In all, he spent 25 years at the BLM, and 32 years in the public sector.