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New EPA Administrator Announced

The EPA announces new administrator, Gina McCarthy, who has served as EPA assistant administrator since 2009.

With a 59 to 40 vote the Senate confirms Gina McCarthy as the new Environmental Protection Agency administrator. McCarthy has served as EPA assistant administrator since 2009, when President Obama appointed her.

Before her time at EPA, McCarthy was commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection from 2004-2009. She has also worked as deputy secretary at the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development and was undersecretary for policy at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. McCarthy has served as an environmental advisor to five Massachusetts governors.

"I am pleased that the Senate took bipartisan action to confirm Gina McCarthy as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency," President Obama said in a statement upon McCarthy's confirmation. "With years of experience at the state and local level, Gina is a proven leader who knows how to build bipartisan support for commonsense environmental solutions that protect the health and safety of our kids while promoting economic growth. Over the past four years, I have valued Gina's counsel and I look forward to having her in my cabinet as we work to slow the effects of climate change and leave a cleaner environment for future generations."

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