Jerry McPhee has had more than a 40-year career in state and federal government relations for major oil and gas and coal companies. After graduating from the University of Missouri and the University of Missouri Law School, he worked for Arch Mineral Corporation in St. Louis Missouri where he set up Arch’s environmental and government affairs department. He subsequently worked for Westmoreland Coal Company and SUNEDCO Coal where he headed state and federal government affairs.
Most recently, he worked 29 years with Occidental Petroleum and subsidiary companies including 6 years with Island Creek Coal Corporation in Lexington, Kentucky managing state and federal government and environmental affairs.
He then moved to Occidental’s Washington DC office where for 23 years he managed federal relations for the corporation. As Occidental’s Senior Director of Corporate Government Affairs, he managed a wide portfolio of issues including federal energy policy, mineral leasing, endangered species, climate, and tax laws and regulation, election law filings and political action committee management. He managed all company contacts with the U.S. Congress, the White House and federal agencies.
In the federal agency arena, Jerry has managed company and industry-wide issues involving the Department of Interior, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Corps of Engineers, the Department of Homeland Security, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Department of the Treasury. He has been actively involved in trade associations throughout his career including, among others, The American Petroleum Institute, The National Coal Association, The American Exploration and Production Council, The Independent Petroleum Association of America, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He has served on a variety of committees and board of all the associations.
Jerry lives in Kensington, Maryland with his wife Paula.