His achievements in solving environmental problems in North Carolina attracted national attention.
The Senate confirmed Michael Reagan as the head of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.
In this capacity, the head of the North Carolina regulatory authority will be responsible for climate change and water programs.
66 votes approved Reagan’s nomination in favor of 34 against, with 16 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats supporting him.
Mr. Regan is the second African American to lead the agency.
Reagan served as the head of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality for four years.
His success in addressing the environmental challenges faced by low-income residents and predominantly non-white communities has attracted national attention.