Sen. Jack Jackson Jr. is trading in his legislative credentials for a newly created post in the U.S. Department of State.
The second-term state senator is moving to Washington, D.C., to become the first-ever liaison to Native American tribes on environmental issues. It’s a presidential appointment, and one that came looking for him.
Jackson, D-Window Rock, started the year by taking the oath of office for his second term as a state senator. About the same time, a colleague in Washington mentioned the State Department was looking for a Native American to fill a new senior-adviser position that would serve as the go-between for the Obama administration and tribes on environmental and cross-boundary issues.
Jackson's LD7 covers a significant portion of northern Arizona, extending from a small part of Mohave County east to the New Mexico border and encompassing part of Flagstaff and the portion of the Navajo reservation that's within Arizona.
Good luck to Sen. Jackson with his new job...except that I hope he fails in any effort to push the Keystone XL pipeline.