Obama Selects Environmental Leader

By: Liz Sidoti (AP)
By: Liz Sidoti (AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic official says Presidential-elect Barack Obama has selected a deputy mayor of Los Angeles to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

The official said that Obama's choice is Nancy Sutley, who supported Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in her primary campaign for the presidency. The Democratic official with close knowledge of Obama transition operations spoke on grounds of anonymity because the selection has not yet officially been made public.

This official said that Obama is preparing in the coming weeks, if not days, to make other key appointments on his environment and natural resources team, including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency and the secretaries of Energy and Interior.

Sutley is the first prominent member of the gay and lesbian community that Obama has named to a senior role in his administration.

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