Energy, Environment and Natural Resources

Energy policy has usually been legislated in large, complex bills dealing with a wide variety of issues. Debate can often span several Congressional sessions.

The Livingston Group has represented a range of clients that promote creative energy solutions and advanced energy technologies for their customers. Our team's expertise with both the issues and the process provides value for our clients.

We offer professionals with extensive experience in energy and natural resources policy from both governmental and corporate perspectives. Moreover, our substantial network of relationships can help with your domestic and international strategic business promotion and marketing initiatives.

Lead Partner

Martin Cancienne - served as Chief of Staff to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA).  Mr. Cancienne brings over a decade of congressional experience to clients in the federal appropriations and policy arena, with focus on energy and environmental issues, as well as Army Corps of Engineers projects. His extensive background and experience on the local, state, and federal level brings valuable knowledge and understanding in these areas.



Honorable Wayne Allard - is a former two-term Republican U.S. Senator and three-term Member of Congress from Colorado.  Mr. Allard served on the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Appropriation’s Interior Subcommittee.  Mr. Allard also served on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.  He founded and chaired both the Renewable Energy and Conservation Caucus and the Space Caucus.  He worked to ensure Rocky Flats Plutonium Plant site was cleaned and restored as a wildlife refuge.  Due to contract incentives, the project finished one year ahead of schedule, saving taxpayers $500 million.  As a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Allard represented his district on the Natural Resources Committee.

Honorable Bob Clement - is a former eight-term Democratic Congressman from Tennessee.  He served as a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.   Mr. Clement worked on the Railroad, Highways and Mass Transit; Aviation; and Water Resources subcommittees.  He also served on the House Budget Committee giving him significant insight into funding procedures in Congress.  Mr. Clement made global contacts through his work on the House International Affairs Committee, and in his travels associated with the Tourism Caucus, he promoted trade and tourism for the U.S.

Honorable Mark Rey - joined The Livingston Group after eight years as the nation's Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  As Under Secretary, Mr. Rey oversaw the programs for the U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service.  He served with Congress on Capitol Hill, working for the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he counseled committee members and other Senate and House members and staff, along with working with executive branch officials.  In the private sector, Mr. Rey held the positions of Vice President for the American Forest and Paper Association and the Executive Director of the American Forest Resource Alliance.

Honorable William H. Zeliff, Jr. - is a former Republican Member of Congress from New Hampshire and House Deputy Whip. Mr. Zeliff served as Chairman on the National Security, International Affairs and Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee, and was a member of the Transportation and Small Business committees.

Terence Costello - directed nationwide communications programs dealing with oil, gas, coal leasing and strip mining as Deputy Public Affairs Director at the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management and the Office of Surface Mining.  Mr. Costello served as an energy and minerals analyst with Washington, DC-based investment firm.  He was responsible for the Department of Energy nuclear waste and funding, and policy issues for nuclear weapons environmental cleanup programs as a staffer with the House Armed Services Committee.

James R. Gauthier – joined The Livingston Group after serving for five years as a legislative aide in the office of U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH). Mr. Gauthier brings extensive appropriations experience to the team and currently works on a number of energy and environmental issues.

Michael Lewan - has decades of Capitol Hill experience as a senior congressional staff member and government relations advocate. He has substantial expertise in the legislative process and policy implementation and maintains close relationships in the U.S. House and Senate.

Mark Maddox - served as Deputy Director of Communications under President George H.W. Bush.  Later, under the George W. Bush administration, Mr. Maddox managed high profile initiatives as Acting Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy, including the 21-nation Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, the Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Power Plant development and the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline.  He also served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Nathan Deal (R-GA), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Ron McMurray - was Governor Dirk Kempthorne’s (R-ID) representative in Washington, DC and the principal federal lobbyist for Idaho’s business and trading partners.  His experience is grounded in the western United States, and includes energy and natural resources, transportation and international trade.  Mr. McMurray served as President of the Columbia/Snake River Marketing Group and Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association.  He created the Pioneer Ports River Alliance, a coalition seeking scientific solutions to the declining anadromous fish population and to the water borne implications on hydropower and stream flow due to the implementation of the Endangered Species Act.

Franklin G. Polk - served as a congressional staff person in both houses for over 31 years and served as staff director and chief counsel to 3 different committees with the last being the Senate Finance Committee under Chairman Bill Roth. There he managed the tax staff in working on the full range of tax issues, including energy, in the committee, on the floor, and in conference. Since his departure from the Committee in 2001 he has lobbied for energy utilities and oil companies on their issues.

Marjorie Strayer - is a former Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-NM), who served on the Energy and Commerce and Armed Services committees.  Through her political and congressional experience, Strayer has built strong relationships with key members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Christine J. Vineis – served as Legislative Assistant to the Ranking Member on the House Health and Environment Subcommittee, working on Super Fund, Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. She represents clients in the renewable fuel sector and manufactures of clean burning transportation equipment. Ms. Vineis worked to include the Diesel Emission Reduction Act in the last transportation reauthorization and spearheaded efforts to showcase the environmental successes of American freight rail industry. Clients most recently benefitted from her assistance on their successful Sustainable Communities Grant awards.

Representative Clients:

  • Noranda Aluminum
  • Sasol Synfuels International