Colorado Senator Wayne Allard is urging President Bush to choose a former lawmaker from the state as the new secretary of the Interior Department.
Allard is publicly asking Bush to nominate former GOP Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell to succeed Gale Norton.
Norton is a former Colorado attorney general who announced last week she was stepping down as Interior secretary at the end of this month.
Campbell's name had been prominently mentioned for the job in 2000, but Norton was chosen instead.
Campbell, who is 72 years old, retired from Congress in 2005, citing health problems. He served two terms in the Senate and three in the House. Before that, he served in the Colorado Legislature.
Earlier this year, he said he was tired of political bickering and the demands of public office, and would not run for governor.