Neil Kornze

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Neil Kornze
Neil Kornze
Director of the Bureau of Land Management
In office
Personal details
Born Elko, Nevada[1]
Nationality American

Neil Kornze was the Director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from 2013 to January 2017 under President Barack Obama.[2]

Early life[edit]

Kornze was raised in Elko, Nevada.[1] 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.[1]


Senatorial staff[edit]

Kornze worked in the office of Nevada Senator Harry Reid from 2003 until 2011,[3] where he worked on a variety of public lands issues, including renewable energy development, mining, water, outdoor recreation, rural development, and wildlife.[4] 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.[1]

Bureau of Land Management[edit]

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,[5] where he worked on renewable and conventional energy, transmission siting, and conservation policy.[1] In November 2013, Kornze was nominated to be the bureau's director[3] and in April 2014, that nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 71-28.[2]

Only a few days after his confirmation, Kornze was pulled into the national spotlight due to events related to the Bundy standoff in northeastern Clark County, Nevada.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Obama picks Nevadan Neil Kornze as next BLM head". High County News. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b Itkowitz, Colby (April 8, 2014). "Senate confirms Neil Kornze as BLM director". Washington Post. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b Straehley, Steve. "Director of the Bureau of Land Management: Who Is Neil Kornze?". AllGov. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Neil Kornze, Director, Bureau of Land Management". U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  5. ^ Clarke, Chris. "Obama Nominee for BLM Gets Mixed Reception From Pols, Enviros". KCET. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Statement from Director of the BLM Neil Kornze "Nevada Belongs to All Americans, Bundy Owes Americans $1 Million, No More Raids"". Archived from the original on 20 April 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014.