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The Council of State Governments
(859) 244-8246
Jan. 9, 2012


CSG Names New Director of Energy and Environmental Policy

Ross Previously Specialized in Energy, Environmental Issues as U.S. Senate Staffer


LEXINGTON, Ky.— Brydon D. Ross has joined The Council of State Governments’ national policy and research staff in Lexington as director of energy and environmental policy. Ross comes to CSG after having served as director of government relations for the Association of Oil Pipe Lines in Washington, D.C.
Ross served for nearly 10 years as a senior staff person in the U.S. Senate, specializing in energy and environmental issues for Sens. George LeMieux and Mel Martinez of Florida, and Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina. He also staffed the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, including the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, where he assisted with the development of the original transportation funding and authorization bill known as SAFETEA-LU.
Ross has spent a significant portion of his career advising private sector leaders, elected federal officials and other policymakers on energy and environmental policies impacting the nation’s infrastructure, energy sector and private markets. His unique blend of public and private sector experience, combined with an in-depth knowledge of energy and environmental issues in the states, will make him a valuable member of CSG’s national policy team.
“I am very excited and honored to have the opportunity to be a part of CSG,” Ross said. “I look forward to my new role and engaging CSG’s stakeholders in the energy and environmental policy arena. States will face many challenges and opportunities in 2012 with new Clean Air regulation, the significant expansion of unconventional fossil fuel reserves and the complexity of siting new energy infrastructure for pipeline construction and electric transmission lines.”
Ross has a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Centre College. He lives in Lexington with his wife Amanda and young daughter Rory.
Ross may be reached at or (859) 244-8030.


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