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WASHINGTON The US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs voted to approve the nomination of Kevin Washburn to Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, US Department of the Interior. The Chickasaw tribal member's nomination now goes before the full US Senate for final approval.
Kevin K. Washburn - Chickasaw, Now Faces Full Senate Vote
It is not known if the Senate will vote on the nomination prior to the presidential election on November 6. But the nomination could come before the senators for a vote as early as this Tuesday.
Mr. Washburn is dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law, a position he has held since June 2009.
Prior to becoming dean at the University of New Mexico's School of Law, Mr. Washburn served as the Rosenstiel Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law from 2008 to 2009 and as an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School from 2002 to 2008.
From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Washburn was the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. Previously, he served as General Counsel for the National Indian Gaming Commission from 2000 to 2002, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1997 to 2000. Mr. Washburn was a trial attorney in the Indian Resources Section of the US Department of Justice from 1994 to 1997.
He earned a Bachelor's of Arts from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School.
posted September 21, 2012 7:00 am edt