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Andrew Wheeler to step up as EPA Acting Administrator

Previously served as EPA Deputy Administrator

Posted July 11, 2018

On July 5, 2018, Scott Pruitt resigned from his position as EPA Administrator. Also on July 5, President Trump announced that Andrew Wheeler would step in as Acting Administrator of the EPA. Wheeler had previously served as the EPA Deputy Administrator since April 12, 2018.

Wheeler released a statement saying, "I look forward to working hard alongside EPA employees to continue our collective goal of protecting public health and the environment on behalf of the American people."

The current Acting Administrator worked as a Special Assistant in EPA’s Pollution Prevention and Toxics Office during the George H. W. Bush Administration.

His resume includes stints as a Principal and team leader of the Energy and Environment Practice Group at FaegreBD Consulting, and Counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels law firm, where he practiced since 2009. He also co-chaired the Energy and Natural Resources Industry team for the firm.

Before that, Wheeler worked for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works as Majority Staff Director and Chief Counsel, as well as the Minority Staff Director. In addition, he served in a similar capacity for the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change, Wetlands, and Nuclear Safety.

Wheeler also chaired the National Energy Resource Organization and is a past Stennis Fellow.

Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Wheeler obtained his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and his MBA from George Mason University. He completed his undergraduate work at Case Western Reserve University.

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