M. Camille Calimlim Touton

M. Camille Calimlim Touton is a Filipino-American[1] water policy advisor who serves as the commissioner of the United States Bureau of Reclamation in the Biden administration.

M. Camille Calimlim Touton
Commissioner of the United States Bureau of Reclamation
Assumed office
December 15, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byBrenda Burman
Personal details
M. Camille Calimlim

Quezon City, Philippines
SpouseMatthew Touton
EducationUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas (BA, BS)
George Mason University (MPP)

Early life and education edit

Touton was born in Quezon City and raised in Dagupan and Calasiao before moving to Nevada with her family.[2] She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies and Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, followed by a Master of Public Policy from George Mason University.[3]

Career edit

In 2005 and 2006, Touton was an Engineer in Training at G.C. Wallace Inc. in Las Vegas. She then joined the office of Senator Harry Reid as a legislative correspondent. She later became a staffer for the United States House Committee on Natural Resources, serving as an advisor to members Nick Rahall, Ed Markey, and Peter DeFazio.[4] She was also a water policy advisor for Grace Napolitano.[5] In 2014, she joined the United States Department of the Interior, serving as a counselor to the assistant secretary for water and science and as deputy assistant secretary for water and science.[6] From 2017 to 2019, she was a staffer for Democratic members of the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. From 2019 to 2021, she was a senior staffer for the United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.[7]

Bureau of Reclamation edit

On June 18, 2021, President Joe Biden nominated Touton to be the commissioner of the U.S Bureau of Reclamation.[3] Hearings on her nomination were before the Senate Energy Committee on September 21, 2021. The committee favorably reported her nomination to the Senate floor on November 2, 2021. Touton was confirmed by the entire Senate via voice vote on November 4, 2021.[8]

Touton started her position on December 15, 2021.

References edit

  1. ^ "AQUAFORNIA BREAKING NEWS: Camille Calimlim Touton nominated as Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner". Water Education Foundation. 22 June 2020. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  2. ^ "Biden's appointee is Dagupan's pride". Manila Standard. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  3. ^ a b "President Biden Announces Five Key Nominations". The White House. 18 June 2021. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Interior Department Announces Members of Biden-Harris Leadership Team". www.doi.gov. 2021-01-20. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  5. ^ "Biden appoints Fil-Am as deputy commissioner of US Bureau of Reclamation". GMA News Online. 2 February 2021. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  6. ^ Nichols, Hans. "Biden nominates former Rep. Xochitl Torres Small to USDA post". Axios. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  7. ^ "Napolitano's Statement on Camille Touton's Appointment to Bureau of Reclamation". Congresswoman Grace Napolitano. 2021-01-21. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  8. ^ "PN749 - Nomination of M. Camille Calimlim Touton for Department of the Interior, 117th Congress (2021-2022)". www.congress.gov. 4 November 2021. Retrieved 14 June 2022.

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