03.10.21

Sens. Burr, Tillis Vote to Confirm N.C.’s Michael Regan as EPA Administrator

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) voted to confirm Michael Regan, a native North Carolinian, to serve as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Senators Burr and Tillis, who introduced Regan before his Senate confirmation hearing last month, applauded the Senate’s bipartisan vote of 66-34.

“Secretary Regan will bring the right expertise, leadership, and experience to the EPA,” said Senator Burr. “During his time working for North Carolina, Secretary Regan demonstrated his commitment to sound environmental stewardship and to building constructive relationships with those who may have different points of view. I applaud the Senate’s bipartisan support of this qualified nominee, and look forward to working with him in this new role.”

“Michael Regan has a strong record of service to the state of North Carolina, earning a reputation for being a thoughtful, engaging, and well-qualified leader through his work with the EPA, the Environmental Defense Fund, and as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality,” said Senator Tillis. “I am proud to support Secretary Regan for Administrator of the EPA, which I conveyed last month when I had the honor to introduce him before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. I have no doubt he will do a great job and serve our country well.”

Background:

Secretary Michael Regan was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 66-34.

Senators Burr and Tillis introduced Regan before his Senate confirmation hearing on February 3, 2021. Regan was confirmed by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee by a vote of 14-6 on February 9, 2021. 

Prior to being nominated by President Biden to serve as EPA Administrator, Regan served as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality from 2017 to 2021. He also served at the EPA for nine years across a variety of policy positions.

Regan is a proud North Carolinian, born and raised in Goldsboro, and a graduate of North Carolina A&T University.

His nomination was supported by more than 20 of the largest agriculture organizations in the country.