COLUMBUS Chris Zeigler, former chief of staff to Congressman Pat Tiberi, is the Ohio Petroleum Councils new executive director, the American Petroleum Institute announced.
Zeigler joins the council at one of the most exciting times in Ohios energy history, said API Senior Director of State Relations Rolf Hanson. Ohio is poised to become one of the nations leading energy producers, which can be an enormous economic benefit for the state. Zeigler will be focused on fostering smart regulations and fiscal policies to sustain the economic prosperity that shale energy development offers hard working Ohio families.
Zeigler, who brings over 20 years of experience in successfully bringing together diverse groups of government, civic and business stakeholders, will lead OPCs advocacy efforts and serve as principal spokesperson. In addition to serving as Congressman Tiberis chief of staff since 2001, Zeigler has worked for several Ohio legislators, including former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson.
He received a BA in political science from The Ohio State University. He begins work with OPC on March 11.
OPC is a division of API, which represents all segments of Americas technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its 500-plus members provide most of the nations energy. The industry also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million a day in revenue to the government, and since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.