Colorado native David Bernhardt, an attorney and lobbyist for Denver-based law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, has been tapped by President Donald Trump to be deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Bernhardt would be the top deputy to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and COO of the federal lands and energy agency.

Bernhardt has been a Washington-based shareholder and co-chair of the natural resources practice at Brownstein. He also headed up Trump's Interior Department transition operations before the Republican president took office.

And from 2001 to 2009 under former President George W. Bush, Bernhardt worked in the Interior Department in various roles, including solicitor and deputy chief of staff to then-Interior Secretary Gale Norton (also a Coloradan).

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