Former U.S. Energy Secretary & DOE Chief of Staff Join Blank Rome Government Relations

Mainbrace | June 2016 (No. 3)

Blank Rome Government Relations LLC (“BRGR”) is pleased to announce that the Honorable Spencer Abraham, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and former U.S. Senator from Michigan, and Joseph P. McMonigle, former Vice-Chairman of the International Energy Agency and former Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy, have joined Blank Rome Government Relations as Principals in the Washington, D.C., office.

They join BRGR on the heels of the recent additions from Dickstein Shapiro and will offer clients a variety of services to assist with new business challenges and opportunities, including in the Firm’s practice areas of policy and political law, energy and energy financial services, maritime, and international affairs.

In addition to joining Blank Rome Government Relations, Secretary Abraham and Mr. McMonigle will continue to operate their existing business consulting practice, The Abraham Group LLC, which is also based in Washington, D.C.

To view the Firm’s press release announcing this news, please click here.

About Secretary Spencer Abraham

Secretary Abraham served as the tenth Secretary of Energy in United States history from 2001-2005. He helped President Bush devise America’s first national energy plan in over a decade and over- saw its implementation. Prior to being named a cabinet member, Secretary Abraham served as an effective and highly productive U.S. Senator from Michigan for six years, where he was the author of 22 pieces of legislation signed into law. He served on the Judiciary, Budget, and Commerce Committees. In addition, he was chairman of two subcommittees: Manufacturing and Competitiveness, and Immigration. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Occidental Petroleum, NRG Energy, PBF Energy, and Two Harbors Investment Corporation. He attended Michigan State University and Harvard Law School, where he co-founded the Federalist Society.

About Joseph McMonigle

Mr. McMonigle is the former vice-chairman of the Paris-based International Energy Agency, an international organization of oil- consuming countries, whose core mission is to work for stable energy markets and respond with joint measures to meet oil supply emergencies. He also served as chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Energy, a cabinet department with a $23 billion bud- get and over 100,000 federal and contractor employees (2001-2005). Mr. McMonigle also served as the American co-chair of the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Working Group and led DOE’s bilateral activities and engagement with China. Before joining the Bush Administration, Mr. McMonigle was the administrative assistant and general counsel to a U.S. Senator. He is also an attorney and member of the Energy Bar Association as well as the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia bars.

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