WASHINGTON (May 21, 2003) — Christie Whitman, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency since 2001, is resigning effective June 27.
Though often portrayed as frustrated by the Bush administration's positions on environmental issues—such as its withdrawal from the international global warming treaty—Ms. Whitman told President Bush in her resignation letter that she was leaving to spend more time with her family in New Jersey, where she had served as governor.
“It has been a true honor to be able to lead this agency as it worked to implement the innovative, effective environmental policies to which you are so clearly committed,” Ms. Whitman wrote.
Regarding Ms. Whitman's resignation, Ann Wilson, senior vice president of government affairs for the Rubber Manufacturers Association, said: “We wish her well, and we will continue to work with the EPA to advance the issues of interest to the rubber industry.”