Energy, Environment and Natural Resources

Energy remains at the forefront of American political discussion.  In addition to comprehensive energy and carbon pricing proposals, the Congress may consider legislation in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  These proposals have the potential to impact wide swaths of the global economy, and as they are formulated, The Livingston Group can help navigate this complex political and procedural landscape to help increase your business certainty.

The Livingston Group (TLG) now represents a range of clients that promote creative energy solutions and advanced energy technologies for their customers.  TLG and its consultant resource base feature a number of 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.


Steven L. Kreseski - leads The Livingston Group with dual responsibilities: Chief Operating Officer and Director of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources practice area. As Chief of Staff to former Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., he supervised development of major Chesapeake Bay environmental initiatives and alternative energy programs.  As Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to then-Congressman Ehrlich (R-MD), who was assigned to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Mr. Kreseski worked on signature Brownfield and electricity deregulation legislation.  He served as a legislative assistant to Senator Larry Pressler (R-SD), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation committee.  Mr. Kreseski also represented the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and petrochemical industries as the legislative director for a major Washington-based trade association. He worked closely with numerous states and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on toxic chemical, emissions and packaging standards.


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 Arnie Havens - served as General Counsel of the Department of the Treasury.  He also served as Minority Counsel and Staff Director on the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the U.S. House of Representatives, and as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.  Prior to his service at the Treasury Department, Mr. Havens was Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at CSX Corporation. During his tenure at CSX, the company's transportation operating units included CSX Transportation, Sea-Land Service, and American Commercial Barge Line. (Jones Walker)

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.

Stacie Walters Fujii - joined The Livingston Group from Congressman Vic Snyder's (D-AR) office.  Ms. Fujii was a senior staffer for the Congressman and handled issues regarding the judiciary, banking, commerce, energy, homeland security, housing, science, Social Security, and telecommunications.

Gregory James - is a former senior policy advisor for Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R-MD) and Chief of Staff for Maryland's social services agency, the Department of Human Resources.  He is experienced on a wide range of issues in the areas of health, education, environment, adult and juvenile justice, public safety, human services, disabilities, veterans' affairs, and economic development.  Mr. James previously spent six years working in the area of telecommunications and antitrust law at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd & Evans, P.L.L.C. and LCC International, Inc.

John Jaskot - served as a fellow on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and later as Coast Guard liaison with the U.S. Senate.  Mr. Jaskot worked in Coast Guard headquarters and regional legal offices on a wide variety of domestic and international legal matters, including national security, marine safety and environmental protection, law enforcement, and regulatory and administrative law matters. (Jones Walker)

Chris Johnsen - has been deeply involved in numerous legislative matters affecting the maritime industry, including the Maritime Security Acts of 1996 and 2003, numerous Coast Guard authorization acts, the landmark tonnage tax legislation, the repeal of Subpart F shipping income provisions, the Jones Act, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA 2007), and legislation to implement numerous Free Trade Agreements.  In addition to his work with the Congress on Capitol Hill, Mr. Johnsen has developed close ties with the principal federal agencies involved with the promotion and/or regulation of the U.S. maritime industry: the Department of Transportation; the Maritime Administration (MarAd); the U.S. Coast Guard; the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC); the Export-Import Bank of the United States; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the U.S. Trade Representative; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (Jones Walker)

Ronald L. Kelley - has expertise in both corporate and federal research and development (R&D) programs.  He provides guidance on science and technology programs, funding, and policy primarily in the high technology sector.  During his 17-year career with Dow Corning Corporation, he was Director of R&D Contracts and Federal Business Development and established new routes for federal funding for ceramics and electronics. He was also involved in laboratory research and development, customer technical service and development, business and market research, product market management, and business management.  For the last 25 years, his work has been entirely focused on high technology consulting and lobbying.

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