John Gibson Mullan’s broad experience serves him well as chief counsel for Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, which has jurisdiction so far-ranging it covers everything from sports to time zones.
Mullan—known simply as “Gib”—studied linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, joined the Navy when he graduated, and then enrolled in law school at the University of Virginia. He got his law degree in 1983, just as AT&T was undergoing its historic breakup, and began work with the Kirkland & Ellis law firm.
Mullan, 60, spent his entire private-sector career at the firm, working on environmental issues, vehicle safety and regulations, and consumer-product safety. Later, he worked at the Consumer Product Safety Commission as general counsel and then director of compliance and field operations before moving to the committee at the start of Rep. Fred Upton’s tenure as chairman.
Outside of work, Mullan enjoys directing his close-knit church choir on Saturdays.
This article appears in the April 18, 2013 edition of NJ Daily as John Gibson Mullan, Chief Majority Counsel, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.