Lisa Murko, a Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will become head of Washington’s Office of Clean Water and Emergency Management, the agency announced Tuesday.
The Senate confirmed Murko to lead the agency last month after Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) withdrew his nomination for the post after Murko refused to resign from her seat in the Senate after being accused of using her position to solicit campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry.
The new job is the second EPA chief to be confirmed by the House of Representatives, where Murko has served since 2012.
Murko was also confirmed by President Donald Trump in January for her previous position at the Environmental Protection Agency.
She will continue to serve as a senior adviser to the agency’s administrator, Gina McCarthy.
The nomination comes as Murko and Trump have been in an ongoing feud over climate change.
Murkowski is known for her outspoken views on climate change, including her opposition to a carbon tax and support for drilling offshore and coal mining in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
She also said she would vote against any attempt to repeal President Donald J. Trump’s landmark environmental regulations, which require federal agencies to publish a plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Murkowskis decision to resign her seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee last month came as part of an ongoing dispute between her and the Trump administration over her leadership of the agency.
Murky said she had no comment on the news of the new position.
“I have not seen a report on the new job.
I don’t have any additional comment,” Murko said in a statement.
“At the end of the day, I remain committed to working with Congress to ensure that the agency has the resources it needs to meet its responsibilities and to make sure we have the resources we need to make it a top priority.”