WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), welcomed David Ross to the committee. Ross is President Trunmp’s nominee to be assistant administrator for the Office of Water at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ross currently serves as assistant attorney general and director of the Environmental Protection Unit for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Barrasso formally introduced Ross to the committee.
Ross formerly served as Wyoming’s senior assistant attorney general in the Water and Natural Resources division for the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office.
Later in the hearing, Barrasso also asked Ross how he will partner with Wyoming and other Western states to address water issues.
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Barrasso Introduces Ross to the Committee:
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“Now, I would like to introduce David Ross, nominee for assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water.
“Mr. Ross is graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Vermont Law School.
“He currently serves as assistant attorney general and director of the Environmental Protection Unit for the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
“Before that, Mr. Ross served as Wyoming’s senior assistant attorney general in the Water and Natural Resources division for the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office.
“Mr. Ross has a total of two decades in environmental, legal and consulting experience in both the public and private sectors.
“Mr. Ross’ nomination has elicited bipartisan praise and support within my home state of Wyoming.
“Dave Freudenthal, the former Democratic governor of Wyoming, said ‘[Mr. Ross’] private practice experience in DC combined with his service in two state environmental protection agencies make him uniquely qualified to implement America’s nuanced structure of federal and state environmental protection.’
“Likewise, Wyoming’s current governor, Matt Mead, a Republican, expressed his unequivocal support for Mr. Ross, saying Dave ‘is a talented attorney, an excellent advisor, and a person who can get things done. I recommend Dave without reservation for this position.’”
Barrasso Asks Ross About How He Will Work With Western States on Water Issues:
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“Having served both the state of Wyoming and Wisconsin, I think you have an immediate understanding and an intimate understanding of many of the different types of water issues faced by states across the country.
“Senator Wicker raised some questions about the waters of the U.S.
“Can you please just explain to the committee how you intend to work with Western states to solve some the water and water scarcity issues faced in Wyoming and elsewhere?”