API Appoints New Executive VP of Government Affairs

API announced today Martin J. Durbin has been named its new Executive Vice President of Government Affairs. Durbin will join API in December.

"I am pleased to announce that Marty Durbin will join API and serve as a leading advocate for the industry. Marty brings to API a wealth of legislative experience and a deep understanding of the issues that affect America's energy, economic and environmental security," said Jack Gerard, president and CEO of API. "I know he will proudly represent the interests of the thousands of companies and the millions of employees in the oil and natural gas industry, and stand up for policies that promote jobs and affordable energy."

Durbin joins API from the American Chemistry Council (ACC), where he directed federal legislative advocacy and coordinated direct lobbying, coalition building, and ACC's political programs. Durbin previously served as a legislative assistant for Democratic members in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, where his responsibilities involved environment and energy-related issues.

"I am honored to take on this new challenge and excited by the opportunity to represent an industry that is vital to America's economic well-being," said Durbin. "I will work hard to ensure that policymakers in both houses and parties understand the industry's perspective on key policy issues, and that they appreciate the industry's many contributions to America's economy and society."

"We have worked hard in the past year to align API's organization, resources and staff to focus squarely on advocacy and communications activities in support of policies that promote jobs and affordable energy," Gerard said. "The result is a more nimble and dynamic organization that has aggressively represented the industry's position on policy issues and responded to attacks from industry critics -- and will continue to do so."

"Marty will work with me to ensure that API continues this vital work at a time when our industry faces enormous challenges, but also tremendous opportunities," Gerard said. "He will bring new perspectives to API as we continue to engage with policymakers and educate them and their constituents about the impact that policies could have on our economy and their communities."