Ruckleshaus was born in Indianapolis, IN, and he was educated at Princeton University and Harvard Law School. After graduating, he was admitted to the Indiana bar, and he became the state's Deputy Attorney General soon advancing to Chief Council Attorney General. In 1965 he was elected to the Indiana senate and, two years later, to its House of Representatives. When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created in 1970, Ruckleshaus became its first administrator as which he helped to pass the Clean Air Act of 1970 and its amendments. Throughout the 1970s, he served as the Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) until he once again took the responsibility of EPA administrator in 1983. Ruckleshaus is now chairman of Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc.
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