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 President Trump’s nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“I am pleased President Trump has nominated Andrew Wheeler to be the administrator of the EPA,” said Barrasso. “Acting Administrator Wheeler has done an outstanding job leading EPA and is well qualified to run the agency on a permanent basis. I will work with committee members to get him confirmed.”

On August 1, 2018, at a committee hearing, Barrasso encouraged President Trump to nominate Wheeler for the administrator role. Wheeler has served as the acting administrator of the EPA since July of 2018. On April 12, 2018, the Senate confirmed Wheeler to serve as deputy administrator of EPA.

Before his time in leadership at the agency, Wheeler spent over 25 years working in environmental policy, including working as an environmental protection specialist, staff director of the EPW Committee, and as a consultant for a variety of energy and environmental clients.