Interior Secretary Haaland gets married in New Mexico
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland married her longtime partner Skip Sayre on Saturday night in New Mexico, according to a statement from Interior Department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz.
Schwartz told The Associated Press that Haaland’s wedding dress was designed and sewn by her sister, with parts of the ceremony honoring her Native American ancestry.
Among the guests were Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.), according to Albuquerque’s The Paper.
In the statement, Schwartz said the wedding complied with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on COVID-19 safety, as well as rules in the state of New Mexico.
“Consistent with CDC guidance and New Mexico’s public health orders, guests were required to be vaccinated and wear masks while indoors. The reception took place in an open air venue,” the statement reads.
The AP noted the secretary drew some pushback on social media as pictures showed her unmasked indoors. Many people delayed their weddings during the pandemic due to strict limits on gatherings beginning in early 2020.
Although some state and federal restrictions have been lifted, mask mandates have been reimplemented in many areas due to the surge of delta variant cases across the country.
Haaland, 60, is a former House member from New Mexico, and the first Native American to hold a Cabinet position, as part of the Laguna Pueblo tribe. Sayre is the head of sales and marketing at Laguna Pueblo Development, the gaming and hospitality arm of the tribe.