US Senate Confirms New Acting EPA Administrator
On February 28, 2019, the U.S. Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler as the 15th administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). President Donald J. Trump had announced his appointment as the Acting EPA Administrator on July 5, 2018.
Wheeler began his career during the George H. W. Bush administration as a special assistant in EPA’s Pollution Prevention and Toxics office. He was a principal and the team leader of the Energy and Environment Practice Group at FaegreBD Consulting, as well as counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels law firm, where he practiced since 2009. He also served as the co-chair of the energy and natural resources industry team across the entire firm.
Prior to his work with the firm, Wheeler served for six years as the majority staff director and chief counsel, as well as the minority staff director, of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Wheeler served in a similar capacity for six years for the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change, Wetlands and Nuclear Safety.
Wheeler is the past Chairman of the National Energy Resource Organization (NERO) and a Stennis Fellow. He completed his law degree at Washington University in St. Louis, his MBA at George Mason University, and his undergraduate work at Case Western Reserve University in English and Biology. —U.S. EPA