Bennet Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Gina McCarthy to Serve as EPA Administrator

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today welcomed the Senate’s confirmation of Gina McCarthy to serve as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“Coloradans understand the value of protecting our clean air, clean water, and public lands for future generations. These assets have helped make Colorado an attractive place for new businesses and have supported our state’s dynamic economy,” said Bennet. “I look forward to working with Ms. McCarthy to pursue commonsense policies that protect public health and our natural resources, while providing flexibility for businesses and farmers as they comply with our environmental laws. I also look forward to collaborating with her as she implements the President's proposal to curb the carbon pollution threatening so many facets of Colorado's economy – from farming and ranching all the way to our world-class ski industry.”

Gina McCarthy has been the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at EPA since 2009. She began her career at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, with a BA in social anthropology in 1976 followed by a Master’s degree in environmental health engineering, planning and policy from Tufts in 1981. Her work on environmental issues at the state and local levels in Massachusetts spanned five Republican governors before she moved to Connecticut to become commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection from 2004-2009.