Meet Gina McCarthy

McCarthy was confirmed by the Senate on a bipartisan basis in 2009 to her role as Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. Prior to her role at the EPA, McCarthy worked as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and as Governor Mitt Romney’s energy and climate advisor in Massachusetts. Gina McCarthy has served in federal and state government for over 25 years, and has earned the trust of environmental advocates and industry leaders as a fair and competent public servant.

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Gina McCarthy Confirmation a Win for Public Health, Climate, Small Business


I will abide by the highest standards that the law and the science ask me to do.

Gina McCarthy
Response to Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) at Senate hearing

Protecting Families from Toxic Air Pollution Like Mercury

The Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS), passed in 2011, sets emission limits for power plants in order to reduce mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollution emissions. The MATS rule is expected to prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 asthma attacks every year—and is highly regarded among public health professionals.1

1 Healthier Americans, Environmental Protection Agency

She's a pragmatic policymaker. She has aspirational environmental goals, but she accepts real world economics.

Gloria Berquist
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Vice Presidents

Establishing Historic Carbon Pollution and Fuel Efficiency Standards

EPA’s carbon pollution standards, issued jointly with the Transportation Department’s fuel economy standards, will save American families over $1.7 trillion at the pump—nearly $8,000 in fuel savings per vehicle.1 The standards will nearly double the fuel economy of new cars and light trucks by 2025 and cut carbon pollution of vehicles in half by 2025, while reducing our reliance on foreign oil imports.2

1 EPA and NHTSA Set Standards to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Improve Fuel Economy for Model Years 2017-2025 Cars and Light Trucks, Environmental Protection Agency

2 Infographic: The Road to Fuel Economy, Department of Energy

[The mercury rule] will greatly improve the health of Tennesseans.

Lamar Alexander
Republican Senator for Tennessee

A Pragmatic Public Servant

Gina McCarthy has worked closely with environmental advocates and industry leaders, and has earned the trust of both sides of the aisle as a fair and competent public servant. McCarthy has worked for both Republicans and Democrats in key posts directing environmental and public health policies In fact, Republican and Democratic Senators already easily confirmed McCarthy by a voice vote during her last confirmation for head of the clean air division of EPA.
[McCarthy] is willing to sit down and listen and understand the issues people have with EPA's regulations.

Jeffrey Holmstead
Former Bush-Appointed EPA Assistant Administrator
McCarthy is engaging, effective and willing to listen to the regulated community.

Scott Segal
Bracewell & Giuliani lobbyist
She's brutally honest, very fair, humorous, and an incredibly hard worker. She’s not an ideologue. She's a practitioner.

William Becker
Head of National Association of Clean Air Agencies
My sense is that Gina is listening, has an open mind, she wants to hear the concerns of the regulated sector.

John McManus
American Electric Power Vice President of Environmental Services
Businessmen who have locked horns with the EPA in recent years also said Ms. McCarthy is receptive to their concerns.

Keith Johnson
Wall Street Journal