Andrew Wheeler leaves Virginia government job

Source: By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2024

The former EPA administrator led the state’s regulatory management office.

FILE - Former EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler testifies before the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources at the Capitol, Jan. 25, 2022, in Richmond, Va. Wheeler, the former Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency administrator, will serve as a senior adviser to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's administration after Senate Democrats rejected his appointment to a Cabinet role. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, file)

Former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler testifying before the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee at the Virginia State Capitol on Jan. 25, 2022, in Richmond. Steve Helber/AP

Andrew Wheeler, who led EPA during the Trump administration, has left his post overseeing Virginia’s regulations.

On Friday, Wheeler announced on social media that after two years working for Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), he was moving on. Wheeler was director of the Office of Regulatory Management and served earlier as the state’s acting secretary of natural and historic resources.

“It was time for me to leave and go on to my next challenge,” Wheeler told E&E News. “I don’t have anything else to announce at this time.”

Macaulay Porter, a Youngkin spokesperson, said in a statement the governor’s office “wishes to thank Director Wheeler for his extraordinary service to the Commonwealth and visionary leadership in serving as ORM’s first Director and assembling the ORM team.”

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