Senate Confirmation Hearing for FWS Director Nominee Wednesday

The confirmation hearing for Sam D. Hamilton, the Obama Administration's nominee for Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is scheduled to take place Wednesday, July 22, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST, before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Hamilton, a career senior biologist and current Southeastern Regional Director, is a 30-year veteran of the FWS. As Regional Director since 1997, he has been responsible for the oversight and management of more than 350 federally listed threatened and endangered species and 128 national wildlife refuges.

Since his nomination was announced in June, the choice was met with a positive reaction by many prominent hunting and conservation organizations.

"Sam is an excellent choice to be the new Director of FWS," said William Horn, director of federal affairs for the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, a national sportsmen's advocacy group. "He's been great to work with over the years and brings much common sense to an agency with huge responsibility over the future of our natural resources."

Prior to becoming regional director, Hamilton served as assistant regional director of the ecological services in Atlanta and the Service's Texas state administrator in Austin.

Hamilton's nomination also received high marks from the leadership of Duck's Unlimited, one of the nation's largest and most influential conservation organizations.

"Sam Hamilton is the consummate professional. He has accomplished great things for wildlife in his many years of work with the Fish and Wildlife Service," said Dr. Alan Wentz, Sr. Group Manager for Conservation, Communications and Marketing for DU. "Sam has worked with Ducks Unlimited on many projects and programs over the year and we are lucky that he is willing to move into this important position."

The live or archived Webcast of the July 22 hearing will be viewable here.