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Erik Baptist

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: June 18, 2017)

Senior Deputy General Counsel | $179,700 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Catholic Information Center:

Erik Baptist serves as Senior Counsel at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where he provides legal advice to the Institute and its members on federal and state legislative, regulatory, and litigation matters affecting the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining API in 2011, Erik worked as an associate in the trial department of an international law firm and as an attorney with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement, Division of Investigations. Originally from Illinois, Erik graduated from the George Washington University Law School and received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, double‐majoring in Sociology and American Studies. He has remained active with his alma mater by serving on the Board of Directors of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association and attending many of the school’s football games in the fall.

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Douglas Benevento

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Oct. 15, 2017)

Regional Administrator — Region 8, Denver, Colorado | $179,700

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Susan Bodine

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Aug. 13, 2017)

Senior Advisor to the Administrator | $155,500 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works:

From 2015-2017, Bodine served as chief counsel at the EPW Committee. From 2009-2015, Bodine was a partner at Barnes and Thornburg. During the last three years of the Bush administration, she served as the assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. Prior to that, Bodine was staff director of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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Patrick J. Davis

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Jan. 21, 2017)

Senior Advisor | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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David Dunlap

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Sept. 30, 2018)

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science Policy | $179,700

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Nicholas Falvo

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: July 16, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Senior Advisor | $85,035 | Financial Disclosure »

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Amanda Gunasekara

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: March 19, 2017)

Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator on Air and Radiation | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Italy:

Mandy Gunasekara joined the Environmental Protection Agency in March and serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. Previously, Mandy served as Majority Counsel for Chairman Inhofe during the 114th Congress and for Chairman Barrasso during the 115th Congress on the United States Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. She led committee actions and policy development on Clean Air Act and climate change issues. From 2012 to 2014, Mandy worked as Senior Legislative Counsel for Congressman Bob Latta (Ohio-05) where she developed the Congressman’s legislative agenda on issues related to energy, environment, agriculture, immigration, labor, manufacturing and trade. She also led his committee agenda for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Prior to joining Congressman Latta’s office, Mandy worked for Ranking Member Mike Enzi on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. While there, she worked on labor, employment and disability issues. In addition, Mandy spent two summers as a law clerk for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Office of General Counsel. A native Mississippian, Mandy earned a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law and a B.A. from Mississippi College. She, her husband Surya and 2 children reside in Washington, D.C.

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Troy Lyons

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: April 2, 2017)

Associate Administrator for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations | $163,170

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Bio, via Randolf-Macon College:

As a federal lobbyist for BP Worldwide (formerly British Petroleum), Lyons is responsible for interacting with Congressional stakeholders on issues related to BP’s business priorities. But his interest in politics goes all the way back to his childhood when he was listening to the radio waiting for the Orioles to play…According to Lyons, the political science major went to work with U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA) right after graduating from Randolph-Macon. That was followed by an appointment from President George W. Bush to serve in his administration at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Lyons also served as the energy policy advisor for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) for nearly three years.

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Christian Rodrick

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: July 9, 2017)

Special Assistant to the Deputy Associate Administrator for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations | $62,303 | Financial Disclosure »

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Jeffrey Sands

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Oct. 29, 2017)

Senior Agricultural Advisor | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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  • Syngenta Manager, Federal Government Relations

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George Y. Sugiyama

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Jan. 21, 2017)

Senior Advisor | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Troutman Sanders LLP:

Washington of counsel George Sugiyama was mentioned in a March 22 Lawdragon article for joining Troutman Sanders’ Environmental and Natural Resources practice group. Prior to joining the firm, Sugiyama was the chief minority counsel for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, where he provided legal and policy advice on administrative law issues and focused on EPA oversight issues.

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William L. Wehrum

Environmental Protection Agency (joined: Nov. 9, 2017)

Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Environmental Protection Agency:

Bill most recently worked as a partner and head of the Administrative Law Group at Hunton & Williams LLP, where his practice focused on air quality issues.

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Andrew wheeler

Andrew Wheeler Awaiting Senate Confirmation

Environmental Protection Agency

Acting Administrator | Deputy Administrator | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Faegre Baker Daniels LLP:

Andrew came to FaegreBD Consulting from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, where he served as majority staff director, minority staff director and chief counsel. In those roles, he worked on every major piece of environmental and energy-related legislation before Congress for over a decade, including greenhouse gas emissions legislation, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the Clear Skies Act and the Clean Air Interstate Rule. Andrew also has widespread knowledge of and experience with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Energy, Transportation and Interior, where he has affected meaningful changes in energy and environmental regulations. Work on the 1998 and 2005 Highway Bill reauthorizations has given Andrew an unparalleled expertise on transportation funding. Combined with his focus on the Diesel Emissions Reduction SEP Bill and the energy bills' Renewable Fuel Standards, Andrew has emerged an unrivaled expert on transportation matters. On the regulatory side Andrew has worked on all major fuel related issues including Refinery MACT, Gasoline sulfur, and the NSPS program. Prior to his work at the full Senate EPW Committee, Andrew served in a similar capacity for the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change, Wetlands and Nuclear Safety, under the subcommittee chairmanships of both Senators James Inhofe and George Voinovich, shaping key nuclear safety, clean energy technologies and clean water standards. He started his career at the Environmental Protection Agency, working on toxic chemical, pollution prevention and right-to-know issues. In addition to his previous role serving Congress, Andrew has been a keynote speaker before the American Bar Association and various trade associations, creating an impressive legal and business network that he leverages to help clients achieve their public policy goals.

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