When Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., hired Tom Hassenboehler in December 2012, it was a reunion of sorts for the 35-year-old policy expert.
Hassenboehler first worked for the committee under former Chairman Joe Barton, R-Texas, in 2004. Now, as chief counsel to the Energy and Power Subcommittee, Hassenboehler manages some of the committee’s most contentious issues, including the Keystone XL pipeline and the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse-gas regulations.
Hassenboehler noted that the energy landscape—thanks in large part to the U.S. oil and natural-gas boom of the last five years—has “turned upside down” since he was last on the Hill.
Before rejoining the committee, Hassenboehler was a lobbyist for America’s Natural Gas Alliance, and earlier in his career he worked for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
In his spare time he likes running, college football (especially the Southeastern Conference), and traveling. He has been to South America twice—Brazil and Argentina—in the last two years.
This article appears in the April 18, 2013, edition of NJ Daily as Tom Hassenboehler, Chief Counsel, Energy and Power Subcommittee.