Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

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Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency of the
United States
Environmental Protection Agency logo.svg
Gina McCarthy -- EPA.jpg
Gina McCarthy

since July 18, 2013
Inaugural holder William D. Ruckelshaus
Formation 1970

The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is the head of the United States federal government's Environmental Protection Agency, and is thus responsible for enforcing the nation's Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, as well as numerous other environmental statutes. The Administrator is nominated by the President of the United States and must be confirmed by a vote of the Senate. The office of Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970 in legislation that created the agency.

The EPA Administrator is customarily accorded Cabinet rank by the President and sits with the President, Vice President, and the 15 Cabinet Secretaries. Since the late 1980s, there has been a movement to make the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency a Cabinet Secretary, thus making the EPA a 16th Cabinet department, dealing with environmental policy. The Administrator of the EPA is equivalent to the position of Minister of the Environment in other countries.

The current Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is Gina McCarthy, who succeeded acting administrator Bob Perciasepe, on July 18, 2013.

List of Administrators[edit]

Officeholder Term President
William Ruckelshaus.jpg William Ruckelshaus December 4, 1970 – April 30, 1973 Richard Nixon
No image.svg Robert Fri
April 30, 1973 – September 12, 1973
Russell train.gif Russell Train September 12, 1973 – January 20, 1977
Gerald Ford
No image.svg John Quarles
January 21, 1977 – March 6, 1977 Jimmy Carter
Doug M. Costle official EPA portrait.jpg Doug Costle March 7, 1977 – January 20, 1981
No image.svg Steve Jellinek
January 21, 1981 – January 25, 1981 Ronald Reagan
No image.svg Walter Barber
January 25, 1981 – May 19, 1981
Anne M. Gorsuch 1982b.jpg Anne Gorsuch May 20, 1981 – March 9, 1983
William Ruckelshaus.jpg William Ruckelshaus May 18, 1983 – January 4, 1985
Lee m thomas 2008.jpg Lee Thomas February 8, 1985 – January 20, 1989
William K. Reilly official EPA portrait.jpg William Reilly February 6, 1989 – January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
CarolBrownerCirca1996.jpg Carol Browner January 23, 1993 – January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
WhitmanChristineTodd.jpg Christine Todd Whitman January 31, 2001 – June 27, 2003 George W. Bush
No image.svg Marianne Horinko
July 14, 2003 – November 5, 2003
Mike Leavitt.jpg Mike Leavitt November 6, 2003 – January 26, 2005
Stephen L. Johnson, official 2006 EPA photo.jpg Stephen Johnson January 26, 2005 – January 20, 2009
Lisa P. Jackson official portrait.jpg Lisa Jackson January 23, 2009 – February 15, 2013 Barack Obama
EPA Deputy Admin Bob Perciasepe.jpg Bob Perciasepe
February 15, 2013 – July 18, 2013
Gina McCarthy -- EPA.jpg Gina McCarthy July 18, 2013 – present

Acting Administrators[edit]

Note that Acting Administrators usually assume the office in the interim period between the resignation of a previous Administrator and the confirmation of his or her successor, including during the transition period between two presidential administrations, before the successor has been nominated and confirmed. Acting Administrators come from within the EPA and usually hold an office that is subject to Senate confirmation before becoming the Acting Administrator. Linda Fisher and Stephen L. Johnson had served as Deputy Administrator when they became Acting Administrator. Marianne Lamont Horinko was an Assistant Administrator at the time. They are not subject to Senate confirmation to serve as the Acting Administrator, though to continue to serve as a full-fledged Administrator (as in the case of Lee M. Thomas or Stephen L. Johnson), they must be confirmed by the Senate.


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