Jan. 10, 2019: Andrew Wheeler was formally nominated as the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Wheeler has been the EPA’s Acting Administrator since July, 2018. Wheeler previously worked as a lobbyist for the coal mining company Murray Energy Corporation. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the EPA Deputy Administrator in April, 2018. Wheeler started his career in the early 1990s as a career employee at the EPA, working on toxic substance policy. He later worked on Capitol Hill as a top aide to Sen. James Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, a former Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Before he took office as the EPA Deputy Administrator, Wheeler worked at the law and lobbying firm Faegre Baker Daniels.