Senate Committee Advances McDonnell Nomination


HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, today released the following statement on the Committee’s vote to approve Patrick McDonnell, Governor Tom Wolf’s nominee to serve as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  McDonnell’s nomination was advanced by the committee by a vote of 8 to 2.

“I have worked well with Pat over the past several years on a number of issues, as well as collaboratively on the state’s Chesapeake Bay Commission.  He has served honorably in his role since first being confirmed, and I expect he will continue to be a steady hand at the Department.”

Prior to being named Secretary, McDonnell served as DEP’s director of policy. In addition, he ran the State Energy Office and was charged with coordination of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues. McDonnell also served several years as executive policy manager for former Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, focusing on electric, natural gas, and water issues, as well as cybersecurity and the impact of environmental regulation on energy markets.

McDonnell’s nomination now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has jurisdiction over the Department.

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State Sen. Gene Yaw, Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, swears in Patrick McDonnell prior to the Senate voting hearing at the State Capitol Wednesday. 


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