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Joe Balash resigns from Interior

Alaska’s biggest champion in the Department of the Interior has resigned, Sec. David Bernhardt announced today on Twitter.

Joe Balash was appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for Land and Minerals Management. He came from the staff of U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, where he had served as chief of staff. Prior to that, Balash was the Alaska commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources.

In his resignation letter, Balash expressed his gratitude for all that had been accomplished and gave no indication about why he is leaving.

Bernhardt wrote on Twitter: “Assistant Secretary Joe Balash announced today his plans to move on from @Interior and I stand with @POTUS in thanking him for his exemplary service to the American people.”

Balash said he is leaving on good terms. The big headline issues for Alaska — ANWR, NPRA  — are priorities of this administration so will not fall through the cracks, he said. There are many strong Alaska voices inside the Administration — Steve Wackowski, Tara Sweeney, Gregg Renkes, and Kate MacGregor.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Joe is a great rep for . Sorry to see him go. BUT we must live on among our setbacks. Who will carry the torch from here?
    Remember it was only Sarah Connor who fought and defeated SKYnet. At least temporarily.

    • Excellent. Just another example of a corrupt government employee who abuses his position for personal gain.

  • It might be fun if Secretary Balash could list his accomplishments, and the benefits to Alaska of those accomplishments.

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