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Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

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Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Seal of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.svg
Seal of the Environmental Protection Agency
Andrew R. Wheeler

since February 28, 2019
Inaugural holderWilliam D. Ruckelshaus

The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is the head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and is thus responsible for enforcing the nation's Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, as well as numerous other environmental statutes. The Administrator is nominated by the President of the United States and must be confirmed by a vote of the Senate.

President Trump's first EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, resigned effective July 6, 2018, amid a series of scandals. Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, started serving as Acting Administrator on July 9, 2018.[1] Wheeler was confirmed as EPA Administrator on February 28, 2019.[2]

Rank in the Cabinet

The EPA Administrator is customarily accorded Cabinet rank by the President and sits with the President, Vice President, and the 15 Cabinet secretaries. The Administrator of the EPA is equivalent to the position of Minister of the Environment in other countries. Since the late 1980s, there has been a movement to make the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency a Cabinet secretary, thus making the EPA a 16th Cabinet department, dealing with environmental policy.[citation needed]

List of Administrators

Officeholder Term President
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William Ruckelshaus December 4, 1970 – April 30, 1973 Richard Nixon
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Robert W. Fri
April 30, 1973 – September 12, 1973
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Russell E. Train September 12, 1973 – January 20, 1977
Gerald Ford
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John Quarles Jr.
January 21, 1977 – March 6, 1977 Jimmy Carter
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Douglas M. Costle March 7, 1977 – January 20, 1981
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Steve Jellinek
January 21, 1981 – January 25, 1981 Ronald Reagan
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Walter Barber Jr.
January 25, 1981 – May 19, 1981
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Anne Gorsuch Burford May 20, 1981 – March 9, 1983
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William Ruckelshaus May 18, 1983 – January 4, 1985
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Lee M. Thomas February 8, 1985 – January 20, 1989
William K. Reilly official EPA portrait.jpg
William K. Reilly February 6, 1989 – January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
Carol Browner January 23, 1993 – January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
Christine Todd Whitman January 31, 2001 – June 27, 2003 George W. Bush
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Marianne Lamont Horinko
July 14, 2003 – November 5, 2003
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Mike Leavitt November 6, 2003 – January 26, 2005
Stephen L. Johnson, official 2006 EPA photo.jpg
Stephen L. Johnson January 26, 2005 – January 20, 2009
Lisa P. Jackson official portrait.jpg
Lisa P. Jackson January 23, 2009 – February 15, 2013 Barack Obama
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Bob Perciasepe
February 15, 2013 – July 18, 2013
Gina McCarthy official portrait.jpg
Gina McCarthy July 18, 2013 – January 20, 2017
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Catherine McCabe
January 20, 2017 – February 17, 2017 Donald Trump
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Scott Pruitt February 17, 2017 – July 9, 2018
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Andrew R. Wheeler July 9, 2018 – February 28, 2019 (acting)
February 28, 2019 – present

Acting Administrators

Acting Administrators usually assume the office in the interim period between the resignation of a previous Administrator and the confirmation of his or her successor, including during the transition period between two presidential administrations, before the successor has been nominated and confirmed. Acting Administrators come from within the EPA and usually hold an office that is subject to Senate confirmation before becoming the Acting Administrator. Linda Fisher and Stephen L. Johnson had served as Deputy Administrator when they became Acting Administrator. Marianne Lamont Horinko was an Assistant Administrator at the time. They are not subject to Senate confirmation to serve as the Acting administrator, though to continue to serve as a full-fledged Administrator (as in the case of Lee M. Thomas or Stephen L. Johnson), they must be confirmed by the Senate.

Line of succession

The line of succession for the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is as follows:[3]

  1. Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  2. General Counsel
  3. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management
  4. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
  5. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation
  6. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water
  7. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
  8. Chief Financial Officer
  9. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development
  10. Assistant Administrator for the Office of International and Tribal Affairs
  11. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Administration and Resources Management
  12. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information
  13. Regional Administrator, Region 7 (Kansas City, Kansas)
  14. Principal Deputy General Counsel
  15. Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
  16. Deputy Regional Administrator, Region 2 (New York, New York)
  17. Deputy Regional Administrator, Region 5 (Chicago, Illinois)

See also


  • "About the Office of the Administrator". Washington, D.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. February 25, 2020.
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