THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ROBERT W. GEE AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Robert W. Gee as Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Mr. Gee, of Austin, Texas, was appointed a Member of the Texas Public Utility Commission in October 1991 by Governor Ann Richards and served as Chairman of the Commission from 1991 until 1995. The Texas Public Utility Commission is the state regulatory agency for electric and telecommunications public utilities. Mr. Gee also has served as the Chairman of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Committee on Electricity, representing the interests of state public utility commissions before the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Energy, trade associations, and various public interest associations at the local and national level. Mr. Gee has been Of Counsel to the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, as well as an attorney specializing in natural gas litigation in Texas for Tenneco Oil Company and the law firm of Reynolds, Shannon, Miller, Blinn, White & Cook. He previously served as an attorney for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Mr. Gee received a B.A., with honors, and a J.D. from the University of Texas.
The Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy is the principal advisor to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and the Under Secretary on all domestic and international policy issues. The Assistant Secretary has primary responsibility for the formulation and development of domestic and international energy policy. The Assistant Secretary also deals with departmental strategic planning as well as integration of Departmental policy, program, and budget goals in coordination with the Chief Financial Officer and the Office of the Director of Administration and Human Resources Management. The Assistant Secretary also analyzes, develops, and coordinates Departmental technology, environmental, and economic policies.