THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
President Names Forrister the Assistant Secretary for Congressional, Intergovernmental and Public Liaison at the U.S. Dept. of Energy
The President today announced his intention to nominate Derrick L. Forrister of Tennessee as Assistant Secretary for Congressional, Intergovernmental and Public Liaison at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Forrister currently serves as special assistant to the Secretary of Energy and provides expert advice to the Secretary on a wide variety of energy and environmental activities. His responsibilities have included policy guidance to the secretary on her trade missions to India, Pakistan and China.
Forrister is the former legislative assistant and counsel to former Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.). In this capacity he advised the congressman on legislation involving energy, the environment, telecommunications, defense, small business and civil service issues. He has worked on such issues as the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the Clean Air Amendments of 1990 (CAAA) and the Cable Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Forrister was a staff attorney for the Consumer and Housing Law Division at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, Pa. Forrister earned his Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications from David Lipscomb University.
In his capacity as Assistant Secretary for Congressional, Intergovernmental and Public Liaison at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrister will be the principal advisor to the secretary, deputy secretary, and undersecretary on congressional matters, department relations with state and local governments, public and media relations, and consumer activities.