Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson


OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the following statement in response to the resignation of Environmental Protection Administration chief Scott Pruitt:

“Scott Pruitt’s resignation is long overdue. When looking for the next person to lead the EPA, I encourage the President to select someone who follows the rule of law.

“Since Scott Pruitt took over, my office has led or joined nearly a dozen lawsuits against the EPA. We are undefeated in those lawsuits. Three lawsuits against Pruitt’s EPA resulted in successful outcomes that cannot be appealed.

“Regardless of his or her political ideology, the EPA must have an ethical, law-abiding leader in order to fulfill its critical mission. If the next EPA administrator fails to learn from Pruitt’s example, we will continue defeating the agency’s actions in court. ”

A summary of Attorney General’s Office litigation against the Trump Administration is available here.


The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Visit www.atg.wa.gov to learn more.


Brionna Aho, Communications Director, (360) 753-2727; brionna.aho@atg.wa.gov