The White House on Thursday tapped Council on Environmental Quality chief of staff Mike Boots as its interim chairman.

Boots will take over for outgoing chairwoman Nancy Sutley beginning Feb. 18.

Taryn Tuss, a spokeswoman with the CEQ, said Boots "has been an integral part of every major environmental decision of the administration, often serving as a key liaison between agencies and White House senior staff."

She said that Boots helped develop President Obama's second-term climate change agenda, and has worked on efforts to establish national monuments and restore the Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.