Press Release

October 12, 2021
Cardin Praises Biden Appointment of Adam Ortiz to Lead EPA Chesapeake Region

BALTIMORE – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the appointment by President Joe Biden of Marylander Adam Ortiz to serve as the Regional Administrator for Region 3 of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ortiz has led the department of environmental protection for both Montgomery and Prince George’s, Maryland’s two largest counties. Adam is a graduate of Goucher College in Baltimore.

“I am excited to have a Marylander who understands the iconic nature of the Chesapeake Bay at the helm of EPA Region 3. I look forward to working closely with Adam as Congress makes historic investments throughout the entire Bay watershed. His extensive experience, including three terms as mayor of Edmonston, his working relationships with diverse stakeholders, and even history working the Beach Patrol in Ocean City, all make him incredibly prepared to take on this role,” said Senator Cardin. “A healthy Chesapeake Bay means a healthy air, water and land, and a healthy economy, for the people of Maryland and the region.”

Region 3 includes Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.