The U.S. Senate confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination of Sally Jewell as Interior secretary on Wednesday.
But she didn’t get the votes of Wyoming Republican Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi.
The Senate voted 87-11 in support of the former head of Recreational Equipment Inc.
Barrasso grilled Jewell in Senate Energy and Natural Resource committee hearings about her work on the board of the National Parks Conservation Association. The NPCA has sued the federal government 59 times since 2004, threatening to shut down coal plants and block oil and gas drilling.
Barrasso called Jewell’s relationship with the NPCA a conflict of interest because of its lawsuits regarding energy production on public lands. Jewell claimed she had nothing to do with litigation as a member of the board.