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As a Principal of the energy and environment practice group at FaegreBD Consulting, Andrew Wheeler employs his extensive background in energy and environmental policy. He helps lead the firm's practice by advising numerous types of clients on comprehensive legislative, regulatory and operational strategies. He represents clients before Congress, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation. Andrew's unique position and broad expertise in domestic and international public policy has helped him develop a highly specialized view of how to execute effective advocacy programs before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch involving all aspects of energy, environment and public works policy. His knowledge and insider understanding of the Senate, House and various federal agencies allows Andrew to develop tailored, comprehensive strategies that assist clients in realizing their federal affairs goals and build lasting relationships with key policymakers.
Andrew came to FaegreBD Consulting from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works where he served as Majority Staff Director, Minority Staff Director and Chief Counsel. In those roles, he worked on every major piece of environmental and energy related legislation over the last decade, including greenhouse gas emissions legislation, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the Clear Skies Act and the Clean Air Interstate Rule. Andrew also has widespread knowledge of and experience with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Energy, Transportation and Interior, where he has affected meaningful changes in energy and environmental regulations. Work on the 1998 and 2005 Highway Bill reauthorizations has given Andrew an unparalleled expertise on transportation funding. Combined with his focus on the Diesel Emissions Reduction SEP Bill and the energy bills' Renewable Fuel Standards, Andrew has emerged an unrivaled expert on transportation matters. On the regulatory side Andrew has worked on all major fule related issues including Refinery MACT, Gasoline sulfur, and the NSPS program.
Prior to his work at the full Senate EPW Committee, Andrew served in a similar capacity for the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change, Wetlands and Nuclear Safety, under the Subcommittee Chairmanships of both Senators James Inhofe and George Voinovich, shaping key nuclear safety, clean energy technologies and clean water standards. He started his career at the Environmental Protection Agency working on toxic chemical, pollution prevention and right-to-know issues.
In addition to his previous role serving Congress, Andrew has been a keynote speaker before the American Bar Association and various trade associations, creating an impressive legal and business network that he leverages to help clients achieve their public policy goals.
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