Mike Connor is a partner in the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP where he practices in the areas of energy, environmental, natural resources, and Native American law. Before joining the firm, he was working with the Walton Family Foundation as an Environment Program Fellow. Prior to that time, Mike served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2014 to 2017 and the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation from 2009 to 2014.
As Deputy Secretary, Mike was the second highest ranking official at the Interior Department with responsibilities as the Chief Operating Officer of an agency with more than 70,000 employees and an annual budget of approximately $13 billion. Connor was a key leader in implementing the Administration’s priorities for Interior, including water policy and drought response actions, science-based strategies for landscape-level management of public lands, and actions to strengthen and improve the federal government’s fulfillment of its trust responsibility to Native Americans. During his time at the Bureau of Reclamation, he led efforts to promote the sustainable use of water to effectively address current and future challenges associated with water supply and power generation in the American West.
Mike has more than two decades of experience in the public sector. Before his time with the Obama Administration, he served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee from 2001 to 2009. Prior to that time, he served at the Interior Department from 1993 to 2001 in the Solicitor’s Office, and then as Director of the Secretary’s Indian Water Rights Office.
Mike received his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School and is admitted to the bars of Colorado and New Mexico. A native of New Mexico, he previously received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from New Mexico State University and worked for GE.