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Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency of the
United States
Gina McCarthy

since July 18, 2013
Inaugural holder William D. Ruckelshaus

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 Environmental Protection 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 affairs. 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

Administrator Term of Office President(s) served under
William D. Ruckelshaus 50px December 4, 1970 – April 30, 1973 Richard Nixon
Robert Fri
April 30, 1973 – September 12, 1973
Russell E. Train 50px September 12, 1973 – January 20, 1977 Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford
John Quarles, Jr.
January 21, 1977 – March 6, 1977 Jimmy Carter
Douglas M. Costle 50px March 7, 1977 – January 20, 1981
Steve Jellinek
January 21, 1981 – January 25, 1981 Ronald Reagan
Walter Barber, Jr.
January 25, 1981 – May 19, 1981
Anne M. Gorsuch 50px May 20, 1981 – March 9, 1983
William Ruckelshaus 50px May 18, 1983 – January 4, 1985
Lee M. Thomas 50px February 8, 1985 – January 20, 1989
William K. Reilly 50px February 6, 1989 – January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
Carol Browner 50px January 23, 1993 – January 19, 2001 Bill Clinton
Christine Todd Whitman 50px January 31, 2001 – June 27, 2003 George W. Bush
Marianne Lamont Horinko
July 14, 2003 – November 5, 2003
Michael Leavitt 50px November 6, 2003 – January 26, 2005
Stephen L. Johnson 50px January 26, 2005 – January 20, 2009
Lisa P. Jackson 50px January 23, 2009 – February 15, 2013 Barack Obama
Bob Perciasepe
50px February 15, 2013 – July 18, 2013
Gina McCarthy 50px July 18, 2013 – present

Acting Administrators

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.


  1. ^ "Current Leadership". Retrieved June 29, 2013. 

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