Upton Announces New Chief Counsel to Subcommittee on Energy and Power

December 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today announced that Tom Hassenboehler will serve as the new Subcommittee on Energy and Power Chief Counsel. Outgoing chief counsel Maryam Brown will serve as policy advisor to House Speaker John Boehner.

Upton praised Brown’s dedicated service to the committee, stating, “Maryam was one of the committee’s first hires when I became chairman two years ago, and she has accomplished a great deal during her tenure as chief counsel advising Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Whitfield and our entire team. Although we are sad to lose Maryam in the operations of our committee, her move to the Speaker's office keeps important institutional and policy expertise here in the House.”

Hassenboehler, who received his undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University, first worked for Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-LA) before joining the ranks of the Energy and Commerce Committee staff in 2004. Hassenboehler worked as a counsel for the committee until 2008, handling a wide portfolio of energy issues. Hassenboehler then made the transition to the U.S. Senate where he served three years as counsel for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, further broadening his energy and environmental policy expertise. Hassenboehler returns to Capitol Hill from America’s Natural Gas Alliance.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tom Hassenboehler back to the Energy and Commerce Committee,” said Upton. “Tom is a seasoned hill veteran, and he brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the Subcommittee on Energy and Power. He has the relationships on both sides of the Capitol and the legislative skills to advance important bills. We look forward to an aggressive energy agenda in the 113th Congress as we continue our pursuit of North American energy independence and work to keep energy stable and affordable for American families through oversight of existing policy and new solutions for the future.”

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