Jan Brunner brings a strong diverse background including energy, infrastructure, health and legal to the Thomas Advisors’ team.
A proud native West Virginian, Jan brings a uniquely bipartisan approach to energy issues. She had the privilege of being Senior Energy Policy Advisor to both sitting West Virginia senators, Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican.
Jan also served as Senior Counsel for Fossil Energy on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where she led the team responsible for all fossil energy and mining issues. She helped former Senate Energy Committee chairwoman, Mary Landrieu (D-LA), lead the fight for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and for expedited approvals of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.
Most recently, she headed the Infrastructure team for Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Prior to her Senate work, Jan was Senior Energy Policy Advisor at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., where she advised two successive ambassadors on energy issues ranging from the response to the BP spill to the evolution of LNG export policy to compliance on energy-related sanctions issues. Jan also spent 4 years as a budget analyst at the Treasury Department, practiced law and worked as the global health, tax and budget counsel to Senator Dick Durbin.
She holds a B.A. in Political Science (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. She also has an M.A. from the University of Leeds (UK) in International Relations, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar.
She is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.