The Environmental Protection Agency announced the appointment of three new regional administrators.
The Region 8 Regional Administrator will be KC Becker who will handle the implementation of the Biden administration’s environmental agenda in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and with 28 Tribal Nations.
“With her background on critical climate change and environmental justice issues, KC is an excellent choice to lead our Region 8 team. She is experienced in stakeholder engagement and will ensure voices from throughout the region are heard on key issues,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan.
“I am so honored to have the opportunity to serve the Biden Administration as EPA Region 8 Administrator. The aggressive and critical agenda that President Biden and Administrator Regan have announced to address climate change, repair aging water infrastructure, and drive down methane emissions requires an ‘all hands on deck’ approach. I am ready to use my experience to help states, Tribal governments, businesses, and communities in Region 8 implement these important pieces of the Biden agenda,” KC Becker said.
KC Becker recently completed four terms in the Colorado legislature, culminating as Speaker of the House. Becker led the Colorado Democrats to its biggest majority in the legislature in over 50 years, and the first majority female legislative chamber in the country.
Prior to serving in the Colorado legislature, she served four years on Boulder, Colorado’s city council. She worked for nearly seven years as an attorney-advisor in the Solicitor’s Office at the US Department of the Interior, practicing administrative and natural resources law.
While in the Colorado legislature, Becker led landmark legislation to reform Colorado’s oil and gas sector, created a first in the nation Office of Just Transition, and passed nationally-leading legislation requiring the state of Colorado to put forward a plan to meet carbon reduction goals.
Administrators for EPA regions 2 and 4 were also named.