Alaskan takes job as White House energy policy director

Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The director of the Bush administration's new energy policy group will be Andrew Lundquist, a native of Fairbanks who has worked as a top aide to both Alaska senators.

President George Bush convened the first meeting of the National Energy Policy Development Group on Monday. The group includes Vice President Dick Cheney and several cabinet secretaries.

Lundquist said Tuesday afternoon that he will act as a manager for the energy group.

''My job isn't to set the policy. My job is to put together the policy outlined by the president, the vice president and the Cabinet members,'' he said.

Bush has advocated an energy plan that encourages domestic oil production and drilling, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Lundquist is currently staff director for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, whose chairman is Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska. There, Lundquist has worked for the past year and a half on developing legislation to implement a national energy policy.

Lundquist said the new position ''sought me out'' as he worked with the Bush administration during the past few months. He led the energy issues section for Bush's transition team.

Lundquist has an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a law degree from Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law. He worked for Sen. Ted Stevens from 1987 to 1995, when he moved briefly to the Energy Committee as counsel. He served as Murkowski's chief of staff from 1996 to 1998 before returning to the staff director's position on the committee.

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