Scott Pruitt

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Scott Pruitt
Scott Pruitt, EPA official portrait (cropped).jpg
14th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Assumed office
February 17, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Gina McCarthy
17th Attorney General of Oklahoma
In office
January 10, 2011 – February 17, 2017
Governor Mary Fallin
Preceded by Drew Edmondson
Succeeded by Michael J. Hunter
Personal details
Born Edward Scott Pruitt[1]
(1968-05-09) May 9, 1968 (age 50)
Danville, Kentucky, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marlyn Pruitt (m. 1992)
Alma mater Georgetown College (BA)
University of Tulsa (JD)

Edward Scott Pruitt (born May 9, 1968) is an American lawyer and Republican politician from the state of Oklahoma. Scott is the 14th and current Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency since February 17, 2017.

He was the Oklahoma Attorney General serving from 2011 through 2017. Pruitt was a State Senator, representing Tulsa and Wagoner counties from 1998 until 2006.

On December 7, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump selected Pruitt to be his nominee as the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.[2] On February 17, 2017, the Senate confirmed Pruitt's nomination, by a vote of 52-46.

While critics, such as Senator Bernie Sanders, described him as a climate change denier,[3][4] he believes that the climate is changing and human activity is responsible to climate change.[5]

Early life[change | change source]

Pruitt was born in 1968 in Danville, Kentucky, but moved to Lexington, Kentucky when he was young. He studied at Georgetown College earning his Bachelor of Arts degree and at the University of Tulsa earning his Juris Doctor degree.

Early political career[change | change source]

Pruitt represented Tulsa and Wagoner Counties in the Oklahoma Senate from 1998 until 2006. In 2006, Pruitt launched an unsuccessful campaign to receive the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma.

Attorney General of Oklahoma (2011–2017)[change | change source]

In 2010 Pruitt was elected Attorney General of Oklahoma. In that role, he supported religious freedom laws and fought against abortion rights, gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, and environmental regulations as a self-described "leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda".[6]

On September 9, 2014, in Pruitt v. Burwell, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma ruled against the IRS.[7]

On December 7, 2014, The New York Times published a front-page story highlighting that Pruitt had used his office's stationary to send form letters written by energy industry lobbyists to federal agencies during public comment.[8]

In April 2015, Pruitt wrote a letter to school superintendents stating that schools can lawfully allow the dissemination of religious literature on campus.[9]

In May 2016, Attorneys General Pruitt and Luther Strange authored an op-ed in the National Review criticizing other state attorneys general for "acting like George III" regarding the ExxonMobil climate change controversy, writing "global warming has inspired one of the major policy debates of our time. That debate is far from settled. Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind."[10]

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (since 2017)[change | change source]

On December 7, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced his plans to nominate Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.[2] The nomination was reviewed during hearings held by the members of the Environment and Public Works Committee.[11] He then passed to the full Senate for a vote. On February 17, 2017, the United States senate confirmed his nomination with a 52-46 vote. He was sworn-in the next day by Vice President Mike Pence.

Personal life[change | change source]

Pruitt married Marlyn Pruitt in 1992. They have two children.[12]

References[change | change source]

  2. 2.0 2.1 "Trump to tap Oklahoma attorney general to lead EPA: transition team". Reuters. December 7, 2016. 
  3. "Outsiders Selected by Trump Aim to Unnerve Washington". The New York Times. December 17, 2016. 
  4. "Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead E.P.A." The New York Times. December 7, 2016. 
  5. Mooney, Chris; Erickson, Andee (January 18, 2017). "Bernie Sanders to Scott Pruitt: Why is the climate changing?". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 20, 2017. 
  6. "Brief biography of Attorney General Scott Pruitt". Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt. Archived from the original on 8 January 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017. 
  7. McIntyre, Adrianna (October 1, 2014). "High court declines to review Oklahoma case against Affordable Care Act". Vox. Vox Media. 
  8. Eric Lipton (7 December 2014). "Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  9. Eger, Andrea (April 15, 2015). "Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt defends Bible distribution in schools, says 'religious freedoms are under attack'". Tulsa World. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  10. "The Climate-Change Gang". National Review. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  11. Bernstein, Lenny (May 16, 2013). "Senate committee approves Obama's nomination of Gina McCarthy to head EPA". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  12. VERONICA STRACQUALURSI (December 8, 2016). "Everything You Need to Know About Donald Trump's Pick to Head EPA, Scott Pruitt". ABC News. 

Other websites[change | change source]

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