March 10, 2021

Duckworth Votes to Confirm Michael Regan as EPA Administrator


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after voting to confirm Michael Regan as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Joe Biden. Duckworth chairs the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife. Regan was confirmed with an 66-34 vote today.

“Administrator Michael Regan is answering the call to help protect our nation’s citizens and is committed to helping protect America’s environment, waterways and farms,” said Duckworth. “I’m hopeful he will be a strong advocate for environmental justice, advanced biofuels and undertaking the climate crisis as the leader of President Biden’s EPA. I look forward to working with him in addressing environmental and public health challenges for Illinoisans – and all Americans.”    

Duckworth met virtually with Regan in January to discuss how environmental justice continues to be a challenge for thousands of Americans, especially communities of color, and how the Federal Government can work for every person’s right to a safe, healthy and livable environment. At his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Duckworth also secured Regan’s commitment to prioritize farmers, climate change and environmental justice.