Board of Game and Inland Fisheries

David L. Bernhardt

In 2012, David Longly Bernhardt was appointed to the BGIF. David is an attorney in private practice in Washington, DC, whose practice is focused on energy, environmental, natural resource and endangered species.

David has an extensive public service background regarding natural resources and wildlife. In 2006, David was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as the Solicitor, the Chief Legal Office and third ranking official within the U.S. Department of the Interior whose jurisdiction includes: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Parks Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Bureau of Land Management, the Office of Surface Mining and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Prior to serving as Solicitor, he held several high level positions with the Interior including: Deputy Solicitor, Deputy Chief of Staff, Counselor to the Secretary of the Interior, and Director of the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs.

In addition to his responsibilities at the U.S. Department of Interior, in 2007 David was appointed by then President Bush to lead the International Boundary Commission between the United States and Canada from where he, along with his Canadian counterpart, maintained the 5,525 mile international boundary between these two nations.

An avid hunter, David grew up in a rural community where hunting and fishing were central to both the community's culture and its economy. David, his wife, son, daughter and retriever reside in Arlington Virginia.