Jay Cranford has deep expertise in moving legislation through Congress. In the words of a top communications executive, “You would be hard-pressed to find an individual who is more knowledgeable and widely respected by members and staff on both sides of the aisle.” He served as a top adviser to former House Speaker John Boehner on all energy and environmental issues. During his time with Boehner, Cranford oversaw work on six committees, including Energy & Commerce, Natural Resources and Transportation and Infrastructure. In that role, he helped coordinate legislative strategy with party leaders, rank-and-file lawmakers and the White House.
Cranford is widely regarded as one of Washington’s foremost experts on energy and environmental issues. On Capitol Hill, he played a central role crafting all major energy legislation that moved through Congress. He helped write the 2005 energy bill that accelerated domestic energy production, including the ongoing surge in natural gas. He also oversaw additional legislation governing pipelines, liquified natural gas and international energy issues. The Georgia native got his start with then-Representative – and future Senator – Saxby Chambliss. He gained private-sector experience as the director of government affairs at the National Ocean Industries Association and the El Paso Corporation, a natural gas exploration and transportation company.