Senate confirms Wheeler to serve as EPA Administrator

The U.S. Senate on Feb. 28 confirmed Andrew Wheeler by a vote of 52-47 to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Wheeler testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on January 16 and was approved by a 11-10 vote by the committee on February 5. 

Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, joined Democrats in opposing Wheeler’s nomination, while Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., did not vote.

President Donald Trump on July 5, 2018 said that he had accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the EPA. Wheeler was then named acting Administrator for the federal agency.

Wheeler began his career at EPA during the 1990s but spent years on Capitol Hill as former staff member for Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., before heading to the private sector.