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Governing :: Washington Gov. Gregoire To Head EPA


BY:  | NATION | JANUARY 4, 2013

Outgoing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, a former Governing Public of the Year, will be named administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) soon, according to a report by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

The newspaper cited “a very private prediction from a very senior source in Washington’s congressional delegation.” Gregoire served as the director of the Washington Department of Ecology before being elected as Attorney General in 1992. She was elected governor in 2005.

Lisa Jackson, the EPA head during President Barack Obama’s first term, resigned on Dec. 27. Obama is expected to nominate numerous cabinet positions, including EPA administrator, next week.

Governing recognized Gregoire in 2007 as a Public Official of the Year, citing her reputation as a “negotiator-in-chief” and ability to forge compromise. One of her biggest accomplishment as director of the ecology department was reaching an agreement with the federal government in 1989 to clean up the disaster at the Hanford nuclear waste site.


By Lauren Michele

Lauren Michele – Founder/Owner of Policy in Motion – is a policy consultant/advisor and communications strategist, specializing in progressive and non-partisan politics. She helps candidates and clients build campaigns, coalitions, and communication strategies. Lauren has 15 years of experience working with federal, state, and local government agencies; non-profit organizations; foundations; universities; and political/issue campaigns, including a Presidential Campaign and a California State Bond. Ms. Michele has over a decade of experience working virtually both in team and individual environments, with Policy in Motion offices in California. Policy in Motion’s mission is to promote the environmental, economic, and social well being of communities —fostering a sustainable future for all people and the planet.

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