2019 Scorecard Vote
The Senate considered President Trump’s nomination of Daniel Jorjani to serve as the solicitor of the Department of the Interior (DOI). This position is the top lawyer for DOI, and is the bottom line on legal issues and ethics for the department. Before joining DOI, Jorjani held several positions with groups funded by the well-known oil magnates, the Koch brothers. Prior to his confirmation, Jorjani served as Interior’s Principal Deputy Solicitor and was responsible for providing legal guidance for some of the Interior Department’s most egregious decisions in support of Trump’s“energy dominance” agenda. Time and again his legal opinions benefitted oil, gas, mining or extractive interests at the expense of conservation and public health. Jorjani has also demonstrated an aversion to transparency, including restricting Freedom of Information Act responses and justifying Interior Secretary Bernhardt’s troubling practice of not maintaining a calendar, which made it harder for the public to know with whom he has been meeting. Jorjani’s ties to the fossil fuel industry and efforts to hinder transparency within the Department put him at odds with the core mission of the office of the solicitor. On September 24, the Senate confirmed Jorjani to be the solicitor of the Department of the Interior by a vote of 51-43 (Senate roll call vote 300). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.