WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), answering and returning all of his questions for the record (QFR), from his nomination hearing. 

“Attorney General Pruitt has now responded to all questions for the record,” said Barrasso. “He received over one thousand total, following his hearing, an unprecedented number, for a new administration nominee. Mr. Pruitt has thoughtfully responded to each and provided further evidence as to why he should be confirmed for administrator of the EPA."

Total Number of Questions Answered:

  • Attorney General Pruitt has answered a total of more than 1200 questions.
  • This total includes 1,078 questions for the record and at least 206 oral questions during the hearing.
  • This is the most total questions ever answered by an EPA administrator nominee for an incoming administration, on record.*
  • Mr. Pruitt has answered over 1,000 more questions than incoming nominees for EPA administrator from the Obama, Bush, and Clinton Administrations.
  • Administrator William K. Reilly, who was nominated by President George H.W. Bush, was asked a total of 459 questions (at least 91 oral questions and 368 QFR).
  • Administrator Carol Browner, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton, was asked a total of 242 questions (at least 105 oral questions and 137 QFR).
  • Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, who was nominated by President George W. Bush, was asked a total of 242 questions (at least 64 oral questions and 178 QFR).
  • Administrator Lisa Jackson, who was nominated by President Barack Obama, was asked a total of 202 questions (at least 69 oral questions and 133 QFR).   

*Available records date back to 1989.