Shore said she was eager to help carry out the Biden administration's “bold plans to address climate change, to restore the agency’s foundational commitment to environmental justice and to ensure that decisions are made based on sound science and the law.”
Competition for the high-profile appointment was intense. Some members of Congress backed Micah Ragland, a former EPA official during the Obama administration. He is Black and led the agency's outreach campaign in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, as the city grappled with lead contamination in its drinking water.
American Federation of Government Employees Local 704, a union representing nearly 1,000 EPA employees in the region, also endorsed Ragland.
Shore drew support from LGBTQ Victory Institute, which described her as “the latest high-level LGBTQ appointee in the Biden administration."
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said Shore's “commitment to correcting decades-long environmental injustices" made her “uniquely suited to serve the Midwest and take on this leadership role in protecting our natural resources for years to come."