Before joining Boehner’s staff, he was the top staff member on the subcommittee with oversight on energy and mineral development on the Natural Resources Committee. The Georgia native got his start with then-Rep. Saxby Chambliss before joining the staffs of former Reps. Bob Barr and Jim Gibbons. 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.
Jay Cranford has deep expertise in moving legislation through Congress and, 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 joined John Boehner’s leadership team in 2006 when the Ohio Republican was elected majority leader. 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.