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Idaho Delegation Backs Kotek Nomination to Lead DOE Nuclear Initiatives

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador, issued the following statement on President Obama's nomination of John Kotek of Idaho to be Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

"We congratulate John on his nomination to be the permanent Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, a position he has been holding on an interim basis for several months," the delegation said in a joint statement.  "In addition to his deep Idaho roots, John's service as a deputy manager for DOE in Idaho has solidified his understanding and appreciation of the research being conducted at Idaho National Laboratory-the nation's lead nuclear research facility.  We have enjoyed a strong working relationship with John over many years and he is extremely qualified for this position."