Jason Buckner guides clients in the energy industry through a dynamic policy landscape and offers a thorough understanding of how private corporations can use discrete levers of government to achieve their priorities in Washington. Jason brings his unique combination of experience as an Obama appointee to the Department of the Interior, veteran staffer in Congress, and corporate affairs executive in the private sector to the firm’s Energy, Environment and Resources Strategies (EERS) Group.
Prior to joining Brownstein, Jason served as the head of corporate affairs for the world’s largest mining company. While there, he set the company’s Washington strategy and collaborated across international jurisdictions to advise on global policy and political trends. He was also tasked with analyzing legislative and regulatory activities to forecast their potential impact on the company.
Before his time in the private sector, Jason was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve at the Department of the Interior as principal deputy director and then as director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs. While there, he served as the agency’s primary liaison to Congress and the White House, supervised the agency’s Office of Management and Budget legislative activities, and led the agency’s congressional oversight and investigations group. Jason began his career in public service in Congress, serving as chief of staff, legislative director, and military legislative assistant to Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK). Among his many responsibilities as chief of staff, Jason managed Rep. Boren’s activities as co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition. As legislative director, Jason developed Rep. Boren’s policy and legislative initiatives, heavily focusing on defense and energy issues. He also served as a legislative assistant and correspondence manager to Rep. Brad Carson (D-OK) and as a staff assistant to Rep. Denise Majette (D-GA).