Stephen L. Johnson was sworn in as deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by Administrator Michael Leavitt today.
Johnson was formally appointed deputy administrator by President George W. Bush on July 30. He has served in the position of acting deputy administrator for the past year.
"I count on Steve to manage the day-to-day operations of the agency," said Administrator Leavitt. "He does this with tremendous talent and grace, applying his leadership skills, knowledge of the issues, and appreciation for EPA employees to make our work better."
Prior to serving as acting deputy administrator, Johnson was the assistant administrator of the Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances. He has over 20 years of service at the EPA, principally in the area of pesticide programs. Before joining EPA,
Johnson held positions as the director of operations at Hazelton Laboratories Corporation and Litton Bionetics, Inc.
"I appreciate the trust and confidence in my abilities shown by President Bush and Administrator Leavitt," Johnson said. "It is an honor to serve the American people and to work with my EPA colleagues as we continue to strengthen public health and the environment while growing the nations economy."
Johnson earned a B.A. in biology from Taylor University in Indiana and an M.S. in pathology from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.