John Northington, Jr. – Director, Federal Affairs

John Northington, Jr., has more than a decade of public and private sector energy policy and regulatory experience. John specializes in upstream, midstream, and renewable issues and is passionate about advancing the responsible development of energy as the world moves to a lower-carbon future.

John has been involved in Democratic politics for more than 15 years and is a veteran of local, state, and federal political campaigns, including President Barack Obama’s successful 2012 re-election bid. Following President Obama’s re-election, John was appointed Advisor to the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement at the United States Department of the Interior (DOI).

At DOI, he focused on a wide range of matters pertaining to the safe operations of oil and gas activity on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, including working on the finalization of the Well Control Rule and other regulations. John assisted with permitting, monitoring, and tribal engagement while working on the Arctic Rule and Shell’s Arctic Drilling Season, and he spearheaded the International Regulators’ Forum 2015 meeting. He was also regularly involved with the Office of Congressional and International Affairs and the Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs to help them achieve various Administration objectives, including sharing U.S. safety and regulatory best practices with foreign nations.

Northington helped develop and implement a government relations program for a Forbes 120 midstream company while working on legislative and regulatory issues pertinent to its day-to-day operations. From Eminent Domain issues in Texas to the China Section 301 Tariff process, Northington dealt with a wide range of policy matters and assisted and advised the leadership team on all policy and regulatory developments that could potentially impact business operations. His other work has included Endangered Species Act consulting and compliance.

A seventh-generation Texan, John is an avid sportsman and land conservationist who spends his free time at his family’s ranch in Brazoria County, Texas. He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Coastal Carolina University.