WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), praised the Senate’s confirmation of David Ross to serve as the assistant administrator for the Office of Water at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and Matthew Leopold to serve as assistant administrator for the Office of General Counsel at the EPA.

“I am glad the Senate took action to confirm David Ross and Matthew Leopold,” said Barrasso. “I am especially pleased that we will have someone in charge of the EPA’s Office of Water who has worked for the state of Wyoming and knows the state and its people well.

“The Environmental Protection Agency needs its full leadership team confirmed and in place. Both Mr. Ross and Mr. Leopold have the right qualifications and expertise to help lead the agency that protects America’s water, land, and air.”

Background Information:

On Oct. 25, 2017, the EPW Committee advanced the nominations of both Ross and Leopold.

Ross currently serves as assistant attorney general and director of the Environmental Protection Unit for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Ross formerly served as Wyoming’s senior assistant attorney general in the Water and Natural Resources division for the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office.

Leopold currently serves as Counsel at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. He previously served as general counsel for the state of Florida’s Department of Environment Protection. He also previously served as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division.