EPA?s McCarthy Confirmed by Senate, Sworn In

Gina McCarthyLast month, the Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy as the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by a vote of 59 to 40.

Previously, McCarthy has served as chief of the EPA?s Office of Air and Radiation that develops policies and regulations for limiting air pollution and radiation exposure. She has also served as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

McCarthy was nominated in March by?President Obama to?succeed former EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. Since Jackson?s departure, EPA deputy administrator Bob Perciasepe has been serving as the agency?s acting administrator.

?I am pleased that [last month] the Senate took bipartisan action to confirm Gina McCarthy as the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,? President Obama said in a statement. ?With years of experience at the state and local level, Gina is a proven leader who knows how to build bipartisan support for commonsense environmental solutions that protect the health and safety of our kids while promoting economic growth. Over the past four years, I have valued Gina?s counsel and I look forward to having her in my Cabinet as we work to slow the effects of climate change and leave a cleaner environment for future generations.?

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