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Laura Daniel Davis, Chief of Staff

After working for a Udall, Davis was a natural fit for the Interior Department, which she joined on Day One of the Obama administration as an associate deputy secretary. Her previous employer was then-Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colo., whose uncle, Stewart Udall, was Interior secretary in the 1960s, and whose father, the late Rep. Morris Udall, D-Ariz., was chairman of the House Interior Committee. When Mark Udall won a Senate seat in 2008, Davis moved to Interior and rose to deputy chief of staff and then chief of staff. After Jewell arrived in April, Davis said she was "finding her to be a fascinating and perfect person for secretary." Born and raised in Washington, Davis, 44, says, "As a kid in D.C., you either get bit by the bug or not. I did." After graduating from Wake Forest University, she joined President Clinton's inaugural committee in 1992 and then moved to Interior as deputy director of scheduling and later chief of staff to Deputy Secretary David Hayes. Davis became a policy specialist at Latham and Watkins in 2001 before becoming deputy chief of staff for Udall. Now at Interior, she says, "mostly I'm the implementer—the trains-running-on-time person."

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