API named Lem Smith as its vice president of upstream policy in May. Smith joins API from Squire Patton Boggs where he was a principal and partner. He previously served as director of U.S. government and regulatory affairs with Encana Oil and Gas, now Ovintiv. Prior to Encana, Smith served as government relations manager at Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and director of government relations for Kerr-McGee Corp.

He began his career on Capitol Hill working with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott before moving to the House of Representatives where he worked for U.S. Reps. Roger Wicker and Charlie Norwood.

Smith recently provided E&P an exclusive interview in which he discussed his efforts at API and the association’s role amid the current energy climate.

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