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Announcement: Former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler will chair AFPI’s Center for the Environment

September 16, 2021

Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) announced Andrew Wheeler will serve as the Chairman of AFPI’s Center for the Environment. The Center for the Environment will formulate policy that couples American innovation with conservation efforts that continue to make America the leader in clean air, clean water, and the environment.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Andrew Wheeler join our team,” stated Brooke L. Rollins, AFPI’s President & CEO.  “Andrew understands that American prosperity and environmental policies go hand in hand. His expertise and experience leading the Environmental Protection Agency provide a unique perspective and background on the best ways to address environmental challenges facing our Nation while simultaneously fostering innovation and ingenuity that leads to a cleaner environment for all.”

“I am proud to join the great team at AFPI,” stated Andrew Wheeler. “During my time in the Trump Administration, we made great progress cleaning up the environment, while also reducing the regulatory burdens that stifle American innovation. As we demonstrated during the Trump Administration, it is possible to have a clean environment without imposing government edicts or onerous, job-killing regulations. Other countries look to the United States for leadership on environmental issues, and we must do a better job of providing that leadership here at home,” Wheeler concluded.

The complete bio for former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler can be found below.

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Andrew Wheeler is originally from Ohio, and currently serves as AFPI’s Chairman of the Center for the Environment. He previously served as the 15th Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 28, 2019, having previously served as the Acting Administrator and the Senate confirmed Deputy Administrator. Under his leadership, the Agency conclusively proved that they could reduce regulatory burdens while improving environmental indicators across the board. Wheeler oversaw a doubling of Superfund site cleanups, seven percent reduction in air pollution, significant reductions in greenhouse gases, and the first update to the Lead and Copper regulations in drinking water infrastructure in over thirty years. Prior to his service at the EPA, Wheeler was a consultant and of counsel at Faegre, Baker Daniels law firm. He was the team leader of the energy and environment consulting practice team and co-chair of the firm-wide Energy and Natural Resources industry team. Wheeler also spent fourteen years working in the United States Senate including six years as the Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, six years as the Clean Air, Climate Change, and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee Staff Director, and two years as General Counsel to Senator Jim Inhofe. He graduated with a BA from Case Western Reserve University, an MBA from George Mason University and a JD from Washington University in St. Louis after which he started as a career employee at the EPA in the Toxics Office, where he was awarded three bronze medals. Andrew Wheeler is an Eagle Scout.