Utah Native Wins BLM Appointment

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bureau of Land Management Director Jim Caswell says that Utahn Luke Johnson will be the bureaus new Deputy Director for Programs and Policy. Johnson has been the B-L-Ms Chief of Staff since December 2006. He succeeds James Hughes, who retired last month from the B-L-M.

Before joining the B-L-M, Johnson, served as Chief of Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the Bureau of Reclamation. Johnson previously served as senior legislative staff member for energy, natural resource, and agricultural issues for Senator Robert F. Bennett. Johnson is originally from Sandy, Utah.

Johnson has also worked on the House Committee on Resources for the Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation, and Public Lands.

Johnson graduated magna cum laude in political science from Utah State University in 1999.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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