Cornyn Introduces National Park Service Nominee David Vela


In: All News   Posted 11/15/2018
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‘He is the right person for this important job... In addition to his tremendous qualifications, he will be the first Latino ever to be nominated for the Director of the National Park Service.’

WASHINGTON – Today in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the nominee to be Director of the National Park Service, David Vela. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found here

“David grew up in Wharton, Texas, which, for those of you who are familiar with our geography, know that’s about 60 miles southwest of Houston, and he realized the importance of our national parks at a young age.”

“Those of [you] who have spent some time in Texas know that it is home to 14 areas managed by the National Park Service, including the Guadalupe Mountains and Big Bend National Park, famous for its 1,500-foot cliffs.”

“In pursuit of his passion, David became an Aggie, went to Texas A&M, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation and parks.  Now, after having served more than 28 years in the National Park Service, David understands more than most the importance of protecting and maintaining our natural resources for generations to come.”

“David began his service with the National Park Service in my hometown of San Antonio with the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. Since then, he has held numerous postings with the Park Service across the country.”

“I have no doubt, based not only on what I have learned about David but from what his friends and colleagues have told me, that he is the right person for this important job.  He also, and this is the historic part, in addition to his tremendous qualifications, he will be the first Latino ever to be nominated for the Director of the National Park Service.”

“His extensive expertise and dedication to public service have prepared him to confront the many challenges - and there are many challenges - confronting our National Park Service. So thank you for giving me a chance to say a few words on his behalf and introduce him here today. And I hope all of you will vote by acclimation for his nomination.”