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 2004 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.
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.
Hill and Administration Experience
- U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
- U.S. Senate Subcommittee for Clean Air, Climate Change, Wetlands and Nuclear Safety
- Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
- United States Environmental Protection Agency
- National Journal — One of the Top Congressional Staff Leaders, 2005
- John C. Stennis Congressional Staff Fellow, 106th Congress
- EPA Bronze Medal, 1993 and twice in 1994
- National Energy Resources Organization — Senior Vice President
- Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs Technical Review Panel for Energy Concentration
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- "Developments in U.S. Energy Production and the Implications for Global Trade," Panelist, America's Energy Exports, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, January 16, 2013
- "Focusing on What Really Should Be Debated: The Cases of Boiler Mact, Utility Mact and CSPAR," ABA's 40th National Spring Conference on the Environment, Baltimore, Maryland, June 1, 2012
- "The Clean Air Act: A View from the Capitol," ALI-ABA Clean Air Conference, Washington, D.C., December 2, 2011
- "View From the Capitol: New Legislative Developments," ALI-ABA Clean Air Course, Washington, D.C., December 3, 2010
- "Election Preview 2010," RISE Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, Florida, September 10, 2010
- "U.S. Politics and Implications for Asia in the North American GHG Market," Carbon Forum Asia, Raffles City Convention Center, Singapore, October, 27, 2009
- "National Outlook for Comprehensive Energy Reform and Climate Change," Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 26, 2009
- "Domestic and International Implications of Climate Policy, " Indiana Energy Association, Indianapolis, September 24, 2009
- "Maximizing the Benefits of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program: Why You Need a Conservation Plan," Webinar, August 4, 2009
- "The Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act: Cap-and-Trade," Webinar, Washington, D.C., April 22, 2009
- "Emerging Federal Energy Policy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: What's in It for Indiana?" Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis, April 17, 2009
- "Energy Efficiency, Design, Construction, LEED & Green Projects: The Stimulus Does It All," Webinar, April 9, 2009
- "Climate Change and the Law: Congressional Developments," Webinar, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2009
- "Navigating the New Washington," Federal Economic Development Forum IEDC, Alexandria, Virginia, March 15, 2009
- "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Energy and Environment Provisions," Educational Association of University Centers, Washington, D.C., March 9, 2009
- "Water Conservation: Your Business, Your Role -- A D.C. Perspective," Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Green Street Institute, Indianapolis, March 6, 2009
- "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's Energy and Climate Change Provision," B&D Consulting and Baker & Daniels Webinar, Washington, D.C., February 24, 2009
- "Congressional Developments and the New Administration," ALI-ABA Environmental Law Course, Bethesda, Maryland, February 5, 2009