IPAA Welcomes Two Government Relations Staffers

IPAA Welcomes Two Government Relations Staffers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Mallori McClure and Samantha McDonald joined the government relations staff of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), the national trade association that represents America’s independent natural gas and oil producers. Both former Capitol Hill staffers specializing in energy and environment issues, McClure worked as senior legislative assistant to Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) and McDonald worked as a legislative assistant for Congressman John Fleming (LA-4).

“Mallori’s and Samantha’s experience on Capitol Hill, both advising legislators who not only sat on the House Natural Resources Committee, but who represent important energy-producing states primes them perfectly to advocate for America’s independent oil and natural gas producers inside the Beltway,” IPAA President and CEO Barry Russell said. “Their legislative expertise in energy and environment issues will be a vital asset as these issues move into the spotlight in the 113thCongress.”

As senior legislative assistant in Congressman Lamborn’s office, McClure acted as senior policy advisor in his role as Chairman of the Energy and Mineral Resources subcommittee in the House Natural Resources Committee. McClure also built up broad coalitions in the energy and mining sectors. She also has experience in the U.S. Senate as a staffer for the Republican Policy Committee.

At IPAA, McClure will be expanding outreach to oil and natural gas producers in the West, with a particular focus in cultivating relationships with IPAA member companies in Texas. A native of Colorado, she has a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.

In her role as a legislative assistant for Congressman Fleming, McDonald specialized in issues relating to development of the Haynesville natural gas shale and offshore resources. She also acted as point-person for the Congressman’s seat on the House Committee on Natural Resources, the Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals and in his role as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs. Previously, McDonald worked in the offices of Congressman Steve King (IA-05) and Congressman John Peterson (PA-05).

At IPAA, McDonald will be primarily responsible for the portfolio of issues relating to offshore oil and natural gas development concentrated in the Gulf and southeast region. Hailing from Pennsylvania, McDonald has a bachelor’s degree from Scranton University and a master’s degree from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Mallori McClure and Samantha McDonald on board. They will be an integral part of IPAA’s government relations team going forward, as we seek to promote policies that encourage American oil and natural gas production,” President Barry Russell concluded.

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