Senior Vice President Rick Kessler draws on more than 20 years of legislative and political experience to provide LEVICK clients the direct lobbying, policy development, and strategic advice necessary to achieve their goals. He has particular expertise in the areas of energy, environment, and other policy areas under the jurisdiction of the House and Senate energy and commerce committees.
Mr. Kessler was named by The Hill as one of its “Top Lobbyists” in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.
From 2003-2006, Mr. Kessler served as Chief of Staff to former Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Dingell (D-MI) and, prior to that, worked for Mr. Dingell as a Professional Staff Member on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Mr. Kessler was the primary staffer to all the Democratic Committee Members on issues such as cogeneration, renewables, efficiency, hydro-power, oil, gas, and coal, as well as energy-related research, remediation, and tax policy. In this role, he was responsible for developing and managing strategy and materials for all legislative and oversight efforts in his areas for all Democratic Committee Members.
Mr. Kessler was a senior advisor to the Energy and Commerce Committee, not only on energy issues, but also in areas such as pipeline safety, toxic waste cleanup, clean water, public lands and natural resources, and clean air. In particular, Rick served as primary staffer to the Democratic Committee Members on numerous issues related to the Pipeline Safety Act, the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act, the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, the Natural Gas Policy Act, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, Energy Policy and Conservation Act, The Northwest Power Act, Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act, the Energy Policy Act, and many others.
Previously, Mr. Kessler was the Director of the State of New Jersey Washington, DC office, a cabinet-level position in the administration of Governor Jon S. Corzine (D). He also served as principal staffer to Governor Corzine in his role as Chairman of the National Governors Association Health and Human Services Committee.
Mr. Kessler also held the position of Associate Director of Government Affairs for Princeton University and worked as a top aide to Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), serving as Legislative Director and lead energy and environment staffer during Mr. Pallone’s tenure as Ranking Member of the Energy Subcommittee. As Legislative Director, he helped establish the House Democratic Environmental Task Force.
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