Former Sullivan aide now lobbying on resources issues
Alex Schenck, a former legislative aide to Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), has taken his energy and natural resources portfolio to a new lobbying venture.
Schenck this month started as an associate at Husch Blackwell Strategies LLC, with a focus on representing environment and energy interests "in a moderate way," he said yesterday. So far, his clients include the World Wildlife Fund and National Audubon Society.
As Sullivan's point person on ocean policy and marine debris, Schenck said he plans to "re-engage" on "international conservation" in his new role as a lobbyist, saying the United States needs to lead on containing and preventing garbage in the world's waters.
Cleaning up marine debris is an important issue for Sullivan, who is chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard.
Schenck praised his former boss of two years in an interview with E&E News yesterday. "Finding a Republican member so engaged in this subject [conservation] in an objective and moderate way was really great," he said.
Sullivan complimented Schenck's work as a legislative aide in his office during floor†remarks earlier this month. He made note of Schenck's efforts to get the bipartisan "Save†Our†Seas†Act" through the Senate last year to address "the epidemic" of global marine debris.
"What Alex was able to do in terms of this bill is very impressive," Sullivan said, calling Schenck a "goodnatured and extremely hardworking" staffer. "He brought together an impressive coalition of industry and conservation groups to support the bill."
Sullivan's office yesterday did not immediately respond to a question about Schenck's replacement.
Schenck, who grew up overseas before settling in Charleston, S.C., has a bachelor's degree from High Point University in North Carolina and a master's degree in applied political science from American University. He earned his master's at night while working on Capitol Hill during the day.
"Conveniently, a lot of what we were studying, we were doing on the Hill at the time," he said.