Mark Anderson is a senior government relations and public policy advisor in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on government relations and public policy matters in the energy, environment, patents, agriculture, privacy and telecommunications areas.
Mark executes lobbying strategies and develops legislative coalitions to further client interests. He maintains longstanding relationships and credibility among the federal and legislative branches of government, including House and Senate majority and minority leadership, House and Senate committee staff, the U.S. Departments of Energy and Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the White House, CPSC and the Council on Environmental Equality.
Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Mark served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE), where he managed a budget of $1.2 million and a staff of 18. During Mark’s tenure, Representative Terry secured the Chairmanship of the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the most powerful committees in the United States Congress. Under Rep. Terry’s leadership, the subcommittee held hearings involving the steel and auto industries, home construction, data privacy, sports issues, cyber security, and data breaches. Mark helped develop and guide the legislative strategy that lead to the passing of legislation related to the Keystone XL pipeline in the House of Representatives and got the National Poison Control Center reauthorized, helping to save the lives of 1 million Americans per year.
Mark previously served as manager of federal affairs at Edison International, an investor-owned utility in southern California, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Leveraging extensive experience relating to the utility and energy industries, Mark concentrated on issues management initiatives relating to nuclear waste, rising electricity rates, clean air and clean water, environmental issues, transmission siting and infrastructure security, as well as renewable development. Additionally, Mark developed legislative tactics and lobbied extensively on these and many other issues.
His private sector experience also includes serving as the director of legislative research at the SPECTRUM Group, a consulting firm specializing in transportation and defense issues. While at SPECTRUM, Mr. Anderson charted the movement of key legislative provisions through the authorization and appropriations process, primarily focusing on defense, transportation, aviation, foreign affairs, veterans and energy issues.
From 2003-2006, Mark served as senior policy advisor to House Majority Whip Roy Blunt. In his role as senior policy advisor, he helped to develop strategies that allowed for the successful passage of a number of important pieces of legislation, including the Medicare Act and the Healthy Forests Initiative in the 108th Congress and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 in the 109th Congress.
Earlier in his career he served as the legislative director to Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Lee Terry (R-NE). While with Congressman Issa, Mark developed and helped to execute a strategy to find an alternative for the Valley-Rainbow Transmission line project designed to help ease the transmission congestion in southern California. As Congressman Terry’s Legislative Director, Mark worked closely with public power, especially with Omaha Public Power District, to make sure that their needs were addressed in the 2001 energy bill discussion.
Mark is not licensed to practice law.