MADISON, Wis. – Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Assistant Attorney General David P. Ross to serve as Assistant Administrator of the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ross is currently the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Environmental Protection Unit Director.
“Wisconsin will lose a great environmental specialist when Dave departs, but I’m thrilled the entire nation will benefit from Dave’s breadth and depth of knowledge and experience,” said Attorney General Schimel. “We appreciate Dave’s service to our State and wish him the best in his new adventure at the EPA.”
Ross joined the Wisconsin Department of Justice in 2016, after returning home to Wisconsin from Wyoming, where he served as a senior assistant attorney general in the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. In that role, Ross represented the Water Quality Division of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. Ross also represented the State of Wyoming on the Assumable Waters Subcommittee of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. Prior to entering the public sector, Ross served as a partner in the environmental practice group of a large national law firm.
“David Ross’s expertise in promoting environmental stewardship and enacting responsible enforcement will be a welcome addition to EPA,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Having served as Wisconsin’s Assistant Attorney General and Director of the Environmental Protection Unit, David is especially qualified to head EPA’s Office of Water and to carry out the Trump Administration’s mission of returning power back to the states and advancing regulatory certainty.”
Ross is an Appleton native and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergraduate studies. Ross earned his law degree, magna cum laude, and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law, summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School, one of the nation’s leading environmental law programs. While at Vermont Law School, Dave served as Editor-in-Chief of the Vermont Law Review.