WASHINGTON, September 6, 2017 - President Donald Trump says he plans to nominate David Ross to run EPA’s Office of Water. Ross is currently director of the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Environmental Protection Unit. He also served as assistant attorney general of Wyoming from 2014-2016. In that role he challenged EPA's Clean Water Rule, joining in a lawsuit against EPA filed by then Oklahoma Attorney General and now EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. He also represented the American Farm Bureau Federation in its 2012 lawsuit over the EPA's Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan. The White House says his nomination was sent to the Senate on Tuesday, along with the nomination of Matthew Z. Leopold, of Florida, to be an assistant administrator of the agency. Now in private practice, Leopold previously served as general counsel for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and as an attorney for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Katharine Cooksey was hired by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as its new manager of media and external communications. The Texas A&M grad joined the Chamber from the House Ways and Means Committee where she was deputy press secretary. She’s been succeeded by Carah Goldoust, who had been handling special events and protocol for House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Kristen Douglas has left the office of Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., where she served as the congresswoman’s deputy chief of staff. She’s staying in D.C., however, as a member of the federal relations and congressional affairs team representing her alma mater, the University of Arizona.

Former American Wind Energy Association Executive Director Tom Gray passed away Aug. 30 after sustaining a head injury in a fall. He was 72. Often known as the Wind Wizard, Gray worked with AWEA for four decades, at one point using his personal credit to keep the association afloat. Throughout his retirement, Gray maintained the AWEA blog and routinely took to Twitter with information about wind energy.

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