Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks announced the selection of Josh Svaty, recent Secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, to be his senior adviser. As secretary, Svaty managed a $27 million budget, a 380-employee workforce and statutory duties for 17 programs.
He is the fifth-generation of his family to farm in Ellsworth County, KS. Svaty served as the State Representative of the 108th District in Kansas for seven years. His committee assignments included the committees for Energy and Utilities, Agriculture and Natural Resources and the joint committee on Energy and Environmental Policy. Svaty has testified before the U.S. Congress on agriculture, energy and water policy issues. He holds a B.A. from Sterling College in Sterling, KS.
You can read the original EPA news release here.