Andrew Wheeler will take over as acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency following the resignation of EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, CNN reported Thursday.
Pruitt resigned from his position following 13 federal investigations looking into a variety of ethics scandals at the agency, the New York Times said.
Wheeler, who was confirmed as EPA deputy administrator by the Senate in April, previously worked as a lobbyist at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, served as a staffer for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and worked as a top aide to Sen. Jim Inhofe.
He holds an MBA from George Mason University and a law degree from Washington University.
He hails from Hamilton, Ohio.