Douglas Domenech

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Douglas Domenech
United States Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas
Assumed office
September 18, 2017[1]
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Esther Kia'aina
8th Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources
In office
January 16, 2010 – January 11, 2014
Governor Bob McDonnell
Preceded by Preston Bryant
Succeeded by Molly Joseph Ward
Personal details
Douglas William Domenech

(1955-08-05) August 5, 1955 (age 63)
Georgia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jeanne Marie Schram
Children Ben Domenech
Education Virginia Tech (BS)

Douglas William Domenech is an American government official and the current Assistant United States Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas.[1] He is the former Deputy Chief of Staff of the United States Department of the Interior, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, and a George W. Bush administration appointee to the White House Working Group on the Political Status of Puerto Rico.

Early life and education

Born August 5, 1955, in Georgia, Douglas W. Domenech grew up in a military family of Puerto Rican descent and lived in Panama, the Dominican Republic, and the family's native island of Puerto Rico as a child. His father, John Domenech, served in the Army for 30 years and retired as a colonel. Domenech graduated from Antilles High School in Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, in 1973 and earned a B.S. in forestry and wildlife management at Virginia Tech in 1978. He is the father of blogger and columnist Ben Domenech.


Doug Domenech served in the George W. Bush administration in the Department of the Interior as White House Liaison and as Deputy Chief of Staff.[2]

From 2010 to 2014, Domenech served as Governor Bob McDonnell's Secretary of Natural Resources of the Commonwealth of Virginia,[3] making him the first Hispanic and Puerto Rican person to be appointed to McDonnell's cabinet. Domenech previously worked for the Forest Resources Association.[4]

From March 2015, Domenech was director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Fueling Freedom Project, which was a project to fight the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.[2]

Domenech is the Interior Secretary's representative on the Advisory Committee of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas". U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Doug Domenech joins TPPF as Director of Fueling Freedom Project". Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  3. ^ Whitley, Tyler (7 January 2010). "McDonnell announces three more Cabinet choices". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Doug Domenech". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico » Blog Archive » Governance". Retrieved 2017-09-15.
Political offices
Preceded by
Preston Bryant
Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources
Succeeded by
Molly Joseph Ward
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