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FWP commissioner Bob Ream resigns

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 11 2013 03:52:04 PM MDT
HELENA, Mont. -

Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioner Bob Ream says he is resigning because his nomination has stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate.
    
Gov. Steve Bullock had nominated Ream to a new four-year term. But the Senate has not moved on the confirmation request.
    
Ream said Thursday he was told that he was going to be rejected by Republicans upset with commission's decisions under former Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
    
Ream says he is disappointed to leave a position that capped his wildlife biology career.
    
Ream is a former lawmaker, a past chairman of the Montana Democratic Party and was the FWP commission chairman until earlier this year.
    
Last week, the Senate blocked the nomination of former congressman Pat Williams to the Board of Regents.