David Ross (lawyer)

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David Ross
David Ross official photo.jpg
Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for the Office of Water
Assumed office
January 22, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byJoel Beauvais
Personal details
EducationVermont Law School (BA)
University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA, JD)[1]

David Patrick Ross is an American environmental and land-use lawyer who currently serves as the Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (Office of Water). Prior to assuming his current role, he was a Wisconsin assistant attorney general and director of the state's environmental-protection judicial unit.[2]


Ross began his career as an environmental consultant. He returned to law school, after which he was employed by a series of Washington D.C.-based law firms before moving to public service in Wyoming in 2014 and Wisconsin in 2016.

Ross represented the state of Wyoming in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency in 2015.[3] At issue was the definition of Waters of the United States, which determines whether the federal agency or the state would set rules for waters in the various states. The states won an injunction. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the injunction, finding for the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers in 2016. The case, now styled National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense, was heard by the Supreme Court in October 2017.[4]

Ross was nominated for the post of Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (Office of Water) on September 2, 2017. Ross' nomination was received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works on September 5, 2017. John Barrasso (R-WY) is chairman of the committee. His hearing before the Environment and Public Works committee took place October 4, 2017.[5][6][7] The United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works was scheduled to vote on his confirmation on October 18, 2017, but that vote was postponed until October 24.[8][9] The committee voted to advance his nomination 11–10, split along party lines.[10] Ross was confirmed by a voice vote of the full U.S. Senate on December 14, 2017.


  1. ^ "Dave Ross Profile". Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Eilperin, Juliet (July 21, 2017). "Trump to tap longtime coal lobbyist for EPA's No. 2 spot". Washington Post. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "North Dakota v. United States EPA" (PDF). Lexis. August 27, 2015. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense". Scotusblog. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  5. ^ "PN784". Senate. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  6. ^ "Committee Hearing/Meeting Schedule". U.S. Senate. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Cama, Timothy (October 5, 2017). "Dems lambaste Trump's 'outrageous' EPA chemical safety pick". The Hill. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "Committee Business Meeting Wednesday, October 18, 2017". U.S. Congress. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  9. ^ Khimm, Suzy (October 18, 2017). "Vote on Controversial Trump EPA Nominee Delayed". NBC News. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  10. ^ Cama, Timothy (October 25, 2017). "Senate panel advances Trump's controversial EPA chemical pick". The Hill. Retrieved October 26, 2017.