In the last week, two top Wisconsin state officials have been selected for jobs with the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp is leaving her post at the conservation agency after six years of and debate about her emphasis on helping businesses over enforcing environmental regulations.

Stepp, a former Republican state senator, is leaving to take an appointment in President Donald Trump's administration with the Environmental Protection Agency as the deputy administrator for Region 7. The EPA’s region 7 doesn't cover Wisconsin but it does include Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri, where Stepp has a home in Branson.

David P. Ross, a state assistant attorney general, was tapped for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency post by President Donald Trump on Saturday.

Ross, who is now the director of the state Justice Department's Environmental Protection Unit, is being nominated to be the assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Water, according to a news release issued Saturday by the state DOJ.

Ross, an Appleton native, joined the state DOJ last year after working as a senior assistant attorney general in Wyoming.