After serving for several months as acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler was formally nominated by the White House on January 9 to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Wheeler previously served as deputy administrator under Scott Pruitt, who stepped down as the head of EPA in Fall 2018. Wheeler has worked in various positions at the EPA throughout his career and also spent time working on Capitol Hill, serving on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He left the committee in 2009 to take a position in the private sector, working in government affairs for energy and natural resource clients.
The Senate indicated it plans to move quickly on his nomination by scheduling his confirmation hearing for the week of January 14.