Bush Selects Leavitt For EPA Post

Date: August 6, 2003

Source: News Room

President George W. Bush has selected Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. The move immediately drew criticism from Democrats and environmental groups, though Bush called Leavitt a "trusted friend and a capable executive" and said he would be a "fine addition to my administration." Leavitt, a Republican, would succeed former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, who resigned as EPA administrator in May. Senate confirmation hearings are expected to be held soon after Congress returns from its August recess.

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