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Senior GOP aide takes legislative energy to American Gas Association

Posted by Nate Hoffman on March 20, 2014

Rep. Steve Pearce's (R-N.M.) deputy chief of staff for the past seven months is now using her congressional knowledge to help a national energy trade association.

Allison Cunningham became a government relations specialist for the American Gas Association last month. The AGA, which represents 199 energy companies across the United States, advocates for the usage of natural gas as the primary source of fuel. Last year, the Washington, D.C.-based organization lobbied Congress on natural gas and cybersecurity issues.

Cunningham brought a plethora of Hill expertise to her new position. Previously, she served the New Mexican in the capacities as a scheduler/executive assistant and as the director of special projects/executive assistant. The Oklahoma State graduate also served Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) as his staff assistant, legislative correspondent and scheduler.

Natural gas is facing a boom in production in the United States due to the new availability of shale gas.