Letter: Nominee sensitive to La. needs

As an LSU graduate and someone with deep Louisiana ties, I care a great deal for the prosperity of the Pelican State. I write to express my support for Ms. Rhea Suh, nominee for assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior.

When I served as the assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, I worked closely with Louisiana’s officials before, during and after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. I can attest to the fact Ms. Suh is committed to assisting communities in restoring Louisiana’s coastline and economy after the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

I worked with Ms. Suh at the Department of the Interior, where she has served for five years as the assistant secretary for policy, management and budget. In that capacity, she has taken on overseeing the department’s $12 billion budget.

She will undoubtedly be a very effective assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, bringing a balanced and practical approach to Louisiana’s issues and interests. She recognizes that energy development can be managed in harmony with the environment.

She knows the nation depends on Louisiana for a quarter of its energy and one-third of its seafood. And most importantly, she will listen closely to the views of Louisianians.

I am glad that Sen. Mary Landrieu is supporting Ms. Suh’s confirmation, and am happy to see that as chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, she reported Ms. Suh’s confirmation out of committee.

Sen. Landrieu recognizes that Ms. Suh is committed to assisting Louisiana in Gulf Coast restoration efforts, supports a balanced approach to safely and responsibly increasing domestic energy production, and has the experience necessary to succeed in this position.

Tom Strickland

former chief of staff and assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Department of the Interior

Washington, D.C.