Kentucky Native Scott Pruitt Heads EPA

Washington, D.C. - February 24, 2017 - Scott Pruitt was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the Environmental Protection Agency today by a vote of 52-46, mostly along party lines. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Maine, voted against Pruitt and Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., voted in support of him. 

Pruitt was born in 1968 in Danville, Kentucky, but moved to Lexington as a boy. He was a standout football and baseball player at Lafayette, earning a baseball scholarship to the University of Kentucky, where he played second base. After a year, he attended Georgetown College in Kentucky and graduated in 1990 with bachelor's degrees in political science and communications. He then moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma when he attended the University of Tulsa to earn a Juris Doctor in 1993.

NSSGA has been a vocal proponent of Pruitt for EPA administrator because of his proven track record of balancing industry and environmental concerns. As the Attorney General for Oklahoma, he worked to combat regulations like the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and other examples of federal agency overreach. More than half of the states are working with businesses and associations to combat WOTUS.

President Trump continues to express a desire for a $1 trillion investment in our country’s infrastructure. NSSGA and the aggregates industry looks forward to producing the aggregates needed to repair our roads, bridges and highways by working with an EPA that understands the industries it regulates.