Mark Anderson is a Senior Government Relations Advisor in the Government Relations and Public Policy practice. He offers a unique perspective to his clients, which includes issues involving oil, natural gas, natural resources, electricity, manufacturing, the environment, patents, privacy, technology, consumer safety, transportation and telecommunications. Mark’s 16+ years of service in the United States Congress has allowed him to hone skills that are unique and important to those who want to petition the government.
Mark’s practice is diverse, allowing him to develop strategies that maximize his clients’ opportunities for success. In 2005, he successfully advocated for three key provisions to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) involving the repeal of the Public Utilities Holding Corporation Act (PUHCA), as well as adding a unique provision dealing with long-term transmission rights and waiver authority regarding petroleum transportation fuels still being used today.
Mark has worked on a variety of initiatives during his long career. Whether advancing legislative language through Congressional opposition regarding existing telecommunications law, or building a coalition intended to change patent reform legislation, Mark’s first-hand experience gives his clients an edge. He has successfully argued for amendments to legislation establishing boundaries for a Civil War battlefield, as well as permanently removing land for Native Americans being threatened by an electric utilities’ proposed transmission line. More recently, Mark’s work has expanded to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), where his experience on Capitol Hill benefited clients who manufacture and sell consumer products.
Mark has built bipartisan relationships in both chambers of Congress, which is an important asset when working with agencies and elected representatives. Mark understands that in order to succeed, working with all interested political parties productively is critical. Notably, Mark developed a plan that advanced a controversial issue through the Congress and to President George W. Bush’s desk for signature. This occurred when Congress was controlled by one party and the Administration by another. Mark’s ability to bring different stakeholders together to form coalitions to advance issues is a rare and necessary talent in today’s political environment. Mark demonstrates a strong commitment to his clients by providing an objective assessment of their problem resulting in a comprehensive strategy designed to advance their specific interests. Clients appreciate Mark’s strategic advice and multi-dimensional understanding of where opposition or obstacles may lie in any given initiative. He is consistently valued for his ability to identify problems that others may not have recognized, resolving controversy long before it can present serious roadblocks to progress.
Prior to working in government, Mark was a PGA Golf Professional and is a member of the PGA of America, an association of over 24,000 golf professionals. He is still active, and maintains a membership in this prestigious organization.
Mark is not licensed to practice law.