Trump taps Jackson Hole man Robert Wallace for key administrative Interior post

JACKSON HOLE, WYO — President Donald J. Trump today announced he will nominate Robert Wallace to be assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks at the Department of Interior.

“I applaud President Trump’s intent to nominate Wyoming’s own Rob Wallace to be assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the U.S. Department of the Interior,” said US Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. “Without question, Rob is the right person for this job. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Rob has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to striking the proper balance between wildlife conservation, habitat management, and use of our public lands. His experience and leadership in Wyoming and in our nation’s capital are ideally suited for this critically important job. I look forward to holding a hearing on Rob’s nomination and confirming him quickly.”

US Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., also was pleased with the announcement of the impending nomination.

Enzi said, “I am pleased the administration nominated Rob Wallace to be the assistant secretary of interior for fish, wildlife and parks. Rob is a Wyoming native and has extensive experience in public service and in working with the National Park Service. It is important to fill positions like this with qualified people who understand the west.”

More about Rob Wallace

Wallace was born in Cheyenne and raised in Evanston. He is president of the Upper Green River Conservancy. Wallace is also a founding member of Grand Teton National Park Foundation.

After graduating with a degree in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, Rob became a ranger in Grand Teton National Park and eventually was appointed assistant director of the National Park Service in Washington, DC. From there he went on to serve as chief of staff to Wyoming US Senator Malcolm Wallop, staff director for the US Senate’s Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, and chief of staff to Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer.

Before moving back to Jackson Hole in 2014, Wallace spent 17 years as manager of government relations for GE Energy. He currently serves on the boards of the Teton Science Schools, Jackson Hole Historical Society, Jackson Hole Land Trust, and University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources.

Wallace lives with his wife and two daughters in Teton Village.

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