Michael Regan sworn in as 16th EPA administrator

Vice President Kamala Harris, right, administers the ceremonial swearing-in of Michael Regan as EPA administrator in the Vice President's Ceremonial Office at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Wednesday, March 17, 2021. With EPA Administrator Regan are his wife Melvina Thomas Regan, son Matthew Silas, 7. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Vice President Kamala Harris held a ceremonial swearing in for Michael Regan, the 16th Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, on Wednesday, Mar. 17. Regan was officially sworn in on Thursday, Mar. 11.

On a cloudy day at the White House, a small group gathered outside of Harris’ Ceremonial Office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB).

The U.S. Senate confirmed Reagan one week ago by a 66-34 vote. He is the first black man to hold the position.

“I’m grateful to President Biden for entrusting me to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at this critical moment in our country’s history,” said Regan. “EPA’s career officials are the backbone of this agency, and I am humbled to work alongside them as we confront climate change, stand up for justice and equity, and ensure science is at the heart of our decision-making. We will prove that environmental protection and economic prosperity go hand in hand – and we will seize this opportunity to create a healthier, more just future for all.”

Regan was joined by his wife, his son, and parents at the ceremony.