April 13, 2018: Andrew Wheeler was confirmed yesterday, Thursday, April 12, 2018, as the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the U.S. Senate. Wheeler was confirmed by a 53-45 vote. Wheeler worked at the EPA more than two decades ago and later worked as an Adviser to Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, and as a Republican Staff Member at the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. For the past nine years, Wheeler has worked as a lobbyist for several companies, including Appalachian coal mining firm Murray Energy. Wheeler works for the lobbying firm FaegreBD Consulting, and he received $370,000 in fees in 2017 from Murray Energy. Wheeler spent four years as a career employee at the EPA for former President George H. W. Bush and for former President Bill Clinton before he moved to Congress.