Idaho's Dirk Kempthorne, President Bush's second secretary of the Interior, will join his predecessor and successor at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the role of the department in the Gulf spill.
Kempthorne resigned as Idaho's governor in May 2006, seven months before his second term as governor ended to become Interior secretary. He served until President Obama took office in January 2009.
His predecessor, Gale Norton, and current Secretary Ken Salazar also are scheduled to appear at the joint hearing before the Subcommittees on Oversight and Investigations and Energy and Environment, chaired by Reps. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., respectively. The hearing begins at 8 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time and titled, "The Role of the Interior Department in the Deepwater Horizon Disaster."
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