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Know a Nominee: Andrew Wheeler to be EPA Administrator

Do you support or oppose Wheeler's nomination?

by Countable | Updated on 2.28.19

(Updated 2/28/19) - The Senate voted 52-47 on Thursday to confirm Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator.


The Senate is expected to consider the confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) soon. Here’s what you need to know about the nominee.

Who is Andrew Wheeler?

Wheeler, 54, was nominated in the fall of 2017 to serve as Deputy EPA Administrator and confirmed to that position in April 2018. He became the Acting EPA Administrator following the resignation of Scott Pruitt on July 9, 2018.

Wheeler first worked at the EPA from 1991 to 1995 in an office specializing in toxic chemical, pollution prevention, and right-to-know issues. He then worked for two years in the office of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) before working for the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee from 1997-2009. After leaving his role as a congressional staffer, Wheeler worked as an energy and natural resources lobbyist until he was confirmed as deputy EPA administrator.

Wheeler’s nomination has drawn opposition from some environmental groups, such as the Environmental Defense Fund which wrote:

“Mr. Wheeler’s leadership at EPA would be a continuation of the dangerous approach forged by his predecessor, Scott Pruitt, the first EPA Administrator whose nomination EDF ever opposed. Andrew Wheeler becomes the second… Our country needs an EPA Administrator guided by science, who respects our environmental laws and values public health.”

What’s the outlook for his nomination?

The Environment & Public Works Committee advanced Wheeler’s nomination to lead the EPA on a party-line 11-10 vote. When the Senate voted to confirm him as deputy EPA administrator in 2018 three Democrats voted in favor, of whom only Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is currently in office, while he received the support of all Republicans.

What does the EPA do?

EPA’s chief mission is to protect human health and the environment. It develops and enforces regulations to partner with congressional laws concerning the environment, endangered species, and hazardous waste. The agency makes grants available to state environmental programs, nonprofits, and educational institutions for projects ranging from scientific studies to waterway cleanup to anti-pollution campaigns.

In addition, it studies such environmental issues as global climate change and energy conservation efforts. Its Washington, D.C., headquarters, 10 regional offices and 27 laboratories employ 15,376 people. The EPA’s budget for the 2019 fiscal year will total $8.8 billion.


— Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: USDAgov via Flickr / Public Domain)

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  • Kodiwodi
    Voted Oppose
    02/27/2019
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    The EPA is now a joke and this clown will undoubtedly be put in charge of it so that the biggest clown of all can continue to rape and pillage the great country and resources it had for the convenience of corporations, industries and $$$ at the expense of people, the climate, the environment, health and history. I am extremely opposed to having a lobbyist ascend to this position knowing he will have a deleterious effect on the agency, the environment and this Country.

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  • Jordan
    02/28/2019
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    He is exactly the opposite type of administrator this once innovative country needs. He will continue to pursue the same detrimental avenues that the modern world simply cannot sustain. This country will see no progress in science and environment advancements with a traditionalist like him.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Support
    02/28/2019
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    Another Sorry 😐 Democratic Obstructionist Action In The Making. 👿👿 I’m in support of the Senate is considering the confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) soon. It goes without saying, that once again we will be seeing the Democratic enclave in mass, attempting to obstruct and delay another President Trump nominee BUT will fail once again after their Pu$$yFooting” and delaying the nomination process. SneakyPete..... 👿😈👿😈👿. 2*27*19.....

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  • Scot
    Voted Oppose
    02/24/2019
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    Andrew Wheeler was a coal lobbyist which is a complete conflict of interest.

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  • James
    Voted Support
    02/28/2019
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    He’s well qualified to dismantle the EPA.

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  • Donna
    02/28/2019
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    Oppose the nomination of another denier environmental rapist!

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Oppose
    02/28/2019
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    That guy is a shill for fossil fuel. Big mistake.

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  • Jonathan
    Voted Oppose
    02/25/2019
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    I oppose this nomination.

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  • Penelope
    Voted Oppose
    02/28/2019
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    Look up this man’s background. If you or your Senators care about the future of our planet, you will oppose him being anywhere near the EPA. Unfortunately, most Republican Senators have turned their backs to the scientific method and instead embrace a fictional view of the Earth’s future.

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  • Nicholas
    Voted Oppose
    02/28/2019
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    We need people who take this job seriously, not just more butts to fill chairs. Please oppose this nomination

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  • DrCindyBean
    Voted Oppose
    02/28/2019
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    Wheeler must not be appointed- do not confirm Wheeler to EPA job.

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  • Sandra
    Voted Oppose
    02/28/2019
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    Mr Wheeler should not be confirmed. He will not look out for the environment, but for the industries he lobbied for. A total conflict of interest!!

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  • Peggy
    Voted Oppose
    02/28/2019
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    Please listen to the people and put in someone responsible only to get the job done.

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  • Richard
    Voted Oppose
    02/28/2019
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    He is a coal lobbyist. Pruitt did enough damage to the EPA. I do not understand why the current regime insists on permitting multiple actions damaging our environment and putting us back 30 years in clean water and air.

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  • Glowurm
    Voted Oppose
    02/28/2019
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    No! No! No! A thousand times NO!

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  • Ken
    Voted Oppose
    02/28/2019
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    Nooooooooooooooooo!

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  • Tyler
    Voted Oppose
    02/28/2019
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    Wheeler is not qualified for the job. Not only are there numerous articles about his “former coal lobbying”, but he also doesn’t even have a strong enough profile on epa.gov to convince me otherwise. Furthermore, to boost his profile, they list him as serving as co-chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Industry team. None of that screams Environment Protection.

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  • Thelma
    Voted Oppose
    02/28/2019
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    Rob Portman, listen to your constituents and stop rubber stamping cabinet members who will be toxic for the world your children will inherit.

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  • Kevin
    Voted Oppose
    02/28/2019
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    Enough already. We already know that this is another nominee who hates, and intends to decimate, the very agency to which he is appointed. This pattern of nomination malfeasance has been repeated too many times. Just. Say. No.

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  • Andres
    Voted Oppose
    02/28/2019
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    A veteran coal lobby lobbyist who has shown disdain for the E.P.A.’s vital mission to protect Americans’ health and our environment is going to head it now. This is why I oppose

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