|Director of the Bureau of Land Management|
Kornze was raised in Elko, Nevada. He graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington with a bachelor's degree in politics, and then earned a master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Kornze worked in the office of Nevada Senator Harry Reid from 2003 until 2011, where he worked on a variety of public lands issues, including renewable energy development, mining, water, outdoor recreation, rural development, and wildlife. During his tenure, Kornze participated in the design of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which designated 2 million acres of wilderness, codified the National Landscape Conservation System, and added 1,000 river-miles to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Bureau of Land Management
Kornze was the BLM's Acting Deputy Director for Policy and Programs from October 2011 through March 2013, when he became the Principal Deputy Director and Acting Director, where he worked on renewable and conventional energy, transmission siting, and conservation policy. In November 2013, Kornze was nominated to be the bureau's director and in April 2014, that nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 71-28.
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