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Michael Abboud

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: July 9, 2017)

Special Assistant for the Office of Public Affairs | $68,036-$88,450 | Financial Disclosure »

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Layne R. BangerterTransferred to Agriculture

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Jan. 21, 2017)

Senior Advisor | $134,789-$164,200* | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Department of Agriculture:

Layne Bangerter comes to the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) with 33 years of federal service, most recently from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At the EPA Bangerter served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Intergovernmental Relations, where he facilitated interactions with state and local governments, and coordinated those activities with 10 EPA regional offices around the nation. He also previously served as State Director for Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environment for U.S. Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho from 2003 to 2017. In this capacity, he represented Senator Crapo on various issues involving federal agency oversight and legislation. Additionally, he worked various roles for the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the USDA from July 1985 to April 2003 as a Wildlife Biologist. Layne was the Donald J. Trump Campaign Director for the State of Idaho. He was a valuable member of the Trump campaign team throughout the West, orchestrating efforts and traveling with Vice Presidential Nominee, Mike Pence. He was also a Donald J. Trump Delegate to the Republican National Convention. Following the election, he served on the Trump/Pence Transition Team from November 2016 to January 2017. Layne initially was sworn into the Administration on January 21, 2017 as a member of the President-Elect’s Transition “Beachhead Team” for EPA. He led this team at the EPA for the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations and the Office of Water. Layne was born to American parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He grew up in Alpine, Utah and attended college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife and Range Resource Management. He has had a passion for hard work from a young age. He has worked in home construction, farming, ranching, and agribusiness. His love of family, natural resources, sports, agriculture and private property rights are what drives him. Layne and his wife, Betsy, have been married for 34 years; they have eight children, and 10 grandchildren. He is the owner of a Farm, Ranch, and Land Company in Melba, Idaho. The Bangerter family focus their lives on service to their church and country. Layne is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. He is an avid outdoorsman and conservationist. His interests include camping, hunting, fishing and horses. As State Director, Layne will use his leadership experience to oversee RD programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Idaho.

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Erik Baptist

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: June 18, 2017)

Senior Deputy General Counsel | $179,700 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Catholic Information Center:

Erik Baptist serves as Senior Counsel at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where he provides legal advice to the Institute and its members on federal and state legislative, regulatory, and litigation matters affecting the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining API in 2011, Erik worked as an associate in the trial department of an international law firm and as an attorney with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement, Division of Investigations. Originally from Illinois, Erik graduated from the George Washington University Law School and received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, double‐majoring in Sociology and American Studies. He has remained active with his alma mater by serving on the Board of Directors of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association and attending many of the school’s football games in the fall.

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Nancy Beck

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: April 30, 2017)

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention | $134,789-$164,200* | Financial Disclosure »

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  • American Chemistry Council Senior Director for Regulatory Science Policy. Worked on advancing approaches to improve chemical risk assessment including comments to Federal Agencies on existing approaches.
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Douglas Benevento

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Oct. 16, 2017)

Regional Administrator | $179,700

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Elizabeth Bennett

Environmental Protection Agency

Senior Advisor for OCIR | Deputy Associate Administratior for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via National Environmental Education Foundation:

Elizabeth “Tate” Bennett is the associate administrator for the Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education. Mrs. Bennett has extensive legislative experience having worked in both the US House and Senate for various Members of Congress, including most recently for Majority leader Mitch McConnell where she served as senior legislative assistant for energy and environment issues. While working for Leader McConnell, she negotiated research provisions on his behalf in the 2014 Farm Bill. Prior to working at EPA, Mrs. Bennett worked as the senior principal of legislative affairs at the National Rural Electric Cooperatives. Tate holds a master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in government from Centre College. Tate grew up on a full-time horse farm in Shelbyville, KY. She is a third generation horsewoman and holds 20 world, national and international titles in the American Saddlebred horse industry.

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Donald M. Benton departed April 11, 2017Transferred to Selective Service System

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Jan. 21, 2017)

Senior White House Advisor | $179,700 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Selective Service System:

Mr. Benton served one term in the Washington State House of Representatives and then served as a Senator in the Washington State Senate for 20 years from 1997 to 2017. He earlier served two terms as an elected college trustee on the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees. Mr. Benton started his first company when he was 17 years old, and has built and sold several successful companies since. Mr. Benton served as the Director of the Clark County Environmental Services Department from 2013 to 2016. During his tenure he reduced the cost of removing hazardous waste from the waste stream while doubling citizen participation and tripling the tonnage of hazardous waste removed. Mr. Benton was also responsible for Clark County certifying more Green Schools than any other county in Washington State. Mr. Benton also led a seamless transition of power for the new administration at the Environmental Protection Agency. He served as a senior White House advisor to President Trump. Mr. Benton was raised in a military family. His father is a retired Navy officer and both of his brothers also served in the military. One is a decorated Army veteran and the other served as a Navy pilot who flew 93 combat missions.

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Molly Block

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Dec. 3, 2017)

Press Secretary

Susan bodine

Susan Bodine

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Aug. 13, 2017)

Senior Advisor to the Administrator | $155,500 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works:

From 2015-2017, Bodine served as chief counsel at the EPW Committee. From 2009-2015, Bodine was a partner at Barnes and Thornburg. During the last three years of the Bush administration, she served as the assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. Prior to that, Bodine was staff director of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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Brittany Bolen

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: May 14, 2017)

Senior Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy | $151,700 | Financial Disclosure »

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Brittany Bolen was counsel for the Senate’s Environment and Public Works committee, when it was chaired by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). — ProPublica

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Derrick A. Bolen

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Oct. 22, 2017)

Special Assistant, Office of the Administrator | $53,932 | Financial Disclosure »

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Elizabeth bowman

Elizabeth Bowman

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: May 14, 2017)

Deputy Associate Administrator for Public Affairs | Associate Administrator for Public Affairs | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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Byron R. Brown

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: March 5, 2017)

Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy | AD-00 | Financial Disclosure »

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Byron Brown was senior counsel for the Senate’s Environment and Public Works, when it was chaired by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), and prior to that was an attorney at EPA. His wife is a top lobbyist for Hess Corporation, an oil and gas company. — ProPublica

Bio, via U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works:

Brown comes from the House Committee on Natural Resources where he served as counsel and oversight director since 2011. Prior, Brown worked in the Office of General Counsel at the EPA from 2001-2011, serving as an associate deputy general counsel and assistant general counsel.

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Marcella Burke

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Nov. 12, 2017)

Deputy General Counsel

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Erin Chancellor

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Jan. 28, 2018)

Senior Counsel to the Assistant Administrator for Land and Emergency Management

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Kevin Chmielewski

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: May 14, 2017)

Director of Scheduling and Advance | Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations | $140,000 | Financial disclosure is not available, according to an agency ethics attorney

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Bio, via The Dispatch:

Chmielewski grew up an avid surfer and worked at a number of local establishments including OC Parasail. After graduating from Decatur in 1998, Chmielewski joined the Coast Guard. His dream was to become a ship captain, and in some ways, he still holds onto that dream. His foray into politics was one part fate and another part dumb luck, as his brother, who does production work in Washington, introduced him to some White House advance guys who gave him a shot in 2003 to help manage a trip for then-Vice President Dick Cheney. Chmielewski fell in love with the job and quickly started to rise up the ranks as one of the behind the scenes staffers that make the world of political events run smoothly. He quickly became a hot commodity in the advance world of GOP politics, working for former President George W. Bush, and working on the campaigns of John McCain, Mitt Romney and many other men who have tried and failed to hold the highest office in the land.

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Katherine Cory

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: June 18, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Senior Deputy Associate Administrator for Intergovernmental Relations | $44,941 | Financial Disclosure »

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Kelsi Daniell

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Nov. 19, 2017)

Press Secretary | $79,720

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Henry Darwin

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: July 10, 2017)

Assistant Deputy Administrator | $179,700 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Environmental Protection Agency:

Prior to joining EPA, Darwin served as the state of Arizona’s Chief of Operations, where he oversaw the operations of all 35 state agencies and worked to stand up state government’s first intentional management system based upon lean principles. An experienced environmental engineer and attorney and a longtime Arizona Department of Environmental Quality employee, Darwin assumed the position of ADEQ director in 2011. He spent the next four years leading the deployment of the state’s first lean initiatives and was elected as an officer in the Environmental Council of States. He is the only director in ADEQ’s 30-year history to have worked in all three of its media programs. Having also served as an Assistant Arizona Attorney General on special assignment to ADEQ's hazardous waste program, Darwin negotiated the country’s largest Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) civil settlement at the time. He has testified in front of Congress on a variety of issues critical to Arizona, including innovations in the process of environmental protection. He worked briefly for the Salt River Project as in-house environmental counsel. Darwin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering hydrology from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctorate from Lewis & Clark College's Northwestern School of Law, where he earned a certificate in environmental law. He is a licensed attorney in the state of Arizona.

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Veronica Darwin

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: July 10, 2017)

Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Land and Emergency Management | $112,021 | Financial Disclosure »

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Patrick J. Davis

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Jan. 21, 2017)

Senior Advisor | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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Alexander Dominguez

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: May 21, 2017)

Policy Analyst to the Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Air and Radiation | $56,233-$73,105 | Financial Disclosure »

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Michael dourson

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Environmental Protection Agency

Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Environmental Protection Agency:

Dr. Dourson is a professor in the Risk Science Center at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. He founded the nonprofit Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment and worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he won four medals. Dr. Dourson served in multiple positions at the American Board of Toxicology, Society of Toxicology, Society for Risk Analysis, and Toxicology Education Foundation. In addition, to serving on numerous government panels, he is also a member on the editorial board of three toxicology journals.

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  • North American Flame Retardant Association As a member of a diverse science advisory committee, I was responsible for advising NAFRA on risk issues associated with flame retardant chemicals and publishing relevant research.
  • Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment As the Director and President, I was responsible for leading research into the safety of a variety of chemicals, improving methods for assessment and educating other scientists and the general public on risk issues.
  • University of Cincinnati As a professor I am responsible for leading research into the safety of a variety of chemicals, improving methods for assessment and educating students, other scientists and the general public on risk issues.
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Samantha Dravis departed April 5, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Feb. 27, 2017)

Associate Administrator for Policy | Senior Policy Counsel And Associate Administrator For Policy | $179,700 | Financial Disclosure »

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Samantha Dravis was general counsel for the Republican Attorneys General Association, president of its Rule of Law Defense Fund and an attorney at Freedom Partners - an organization of conservative political donors led by billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch, owners of a conglomerate that sells coal, gas and other products. — ProPublica

Bio, via Environmental Protection Agency:

Prior to serving at EPA, Samantha worked as President of the Rule of Law Defense Fund, a 501(c)(4) public policy organization affiliated with the Republican Attorneys General Association. She has also previously served as Associate Director of Political Affairs at the White House during the administration of President George W. Bush, as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Dan Lungren of California, and as a litigation associate at the law firm Taft, Stettinius & Hollister. Samantha is an honors graduate of the University of Kansas and the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she was Executive Solicitation Editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy. She resides in Arlington, Virginia.

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Alexandra Dunn

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Dec. 1, 2017)

Regional Administrator | $179,700

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  • Environmental Council of the States Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of 501(c)(6) organization and its 501(c)(3) affiliate, the Environmental Research Institute of the States.
Douglas ericksen

Douglas Ericksen departed May 20, 2017

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Jan. 21, 2017)

Senior Advisor | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Washington State Republican Caucus:

Born and raised in Whatcom County, Doug Ericksen has been bringing hometown values and solutions to Olympia since 1998. After serving six terms in the House, he was elected to the Senate in 2010. Senator Ericksen represents Whatcom County’s 42nd District, from Bellingham to the Canadian border. Senator Ericksen is ranking minority member on the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee. He also serves on the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee. His legislative priorities include providing solutions to keep energy prices low, create jobs and enhance our quality of life. Doug received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s from Western Washington University. He and his wife Tasha, a high-school teacher, are raising their two daughters in Ferndale.

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Nicholas Falvo

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: July 16, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Senior Advisor | $85,035 | Financial Disclosure »

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Lincoln Ross Ferguson

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: March 13, 2017)

Speechwriter | AD-00 | Financial Disclosure »

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Hayley Ford

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: May 14, 2017)

Deputy White House Liaison | $101,116 | Financial Disclosure »

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  • KPMG provided HR and professional services
  • WealthEngine Provided HR and professional services
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Dennis Forsgren

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: July 9, 2017)

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water | $172,100 | Financial Disclosure »

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