Tim Tarpley has been named vice president of government affairs at the Petroleum Equipment & Services Association (PESA). He will be based in Houston and report to Leslie Beyer, president, PESA.

Tarpley most recently served as chief of staff to Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas) and began his legislative career as an aide to Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas). On Poe's staff for more than nine years, Tarpley worked on permitting the Keystone pipeline and ending the crude oil export ban.

“On behalf of the PESA board of directors, I am incredibly pleased to welcome Tim Tarpley to PESA. Tim’s extensive experience will elevate PESA’s voice to advance issues critical to the oilfield services and equipment sector,” said PESA chairman Dan Domeracki, who also serves as vice president, government, industry and global stewardship at Schlumberger.

With 13 years of leadership experience on Capitol Hill, Tarpley will head PESA’s policy operation. His knowledge of trade, the environment, and other critical energy issues will be instrumental as he spearheads PESA’s advocacy efforts in Houston, Washington and beyond, according to PESA.

“PESA has built a professional team to address the complex issues the oil and gas industry faces at the federal, state and local levels, and we are very excited to welcome Tim. He has an extraordinary network of contacts among government officials and business leaders that will strengthen PESA’s footprint,” said PESA past chairman Galen Cobb, who serves as vice president of industry relations at Halliburton.

Tarpley holds a juris doctor from Creighton University School of Law and a master’s degree of laws from American University Washington College of Law.

“Tim brings the perfect blend of leadership, energy, experience and strategic thinking to this critical role. His expertise will heighten the professionalism of PESA’s policy and government affairs operations, helping us more effectively promote the interests of our members,” Beyer said. “PESA is proud to advocate for our members’ regulatory, legislative, and diplomatic priorities. Tim Tarpley will undoubtedly help us become more responsive to these and other policy matters critical to the oilfield services and equipment sector.”

Tarpley will oversee PESA’s policy, government affairs, international trade policy, environmental policy, Mexico task force and legal committees.