Outgoing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire will soon be named administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a report by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

The newspaper cited "a very private prediction from a very senior source in Washington’s congressional delegation." Gregoire served as the director of the Washington Department of Ecology before being elected as Attorney General in 1992. She was elected governor in 2005.

Lisa Jackson, the EPA head during President Barack Obama's first term, resigned on Dec. 27. Obama is expected to nominate numerous cabinet positions, including EPA administrator, next week.

Public CIO sister publication Governing recognized Gregoire in 2007 as a Public Official of the Year, citing her reputation as a "negotiator-in-chief" and ability to forge compromise. One of her biggest accomplishment as director of the ecology department was reaching an agreement with the federal government in 1989 to clean up the disaster at the Hanford nuclear waste site.

This story was originally published at GOVERNING.com

Dylan Scott, Governing  | 

Dylan Scott (@DylanLScott) graduated from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in 2010. While there, he won an Associated Press award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series of stories on the university’s structural deficit. He then worked at the Las Vegas Sun and Center for Education Reform before joining Governing. He has reported on the Supreme Court’s consideration of the Affordable Care Act and various education reform movements in state and local government. When out of the office, Dylan spends his time watching classic films and reading fantasy fiction (most recently: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin).