NORMAN — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, today announced Alex Herrgott as his new Legislative Director in his Washington office. Herrgott, who worked for Inhofe for eight years as a senior professional staff at the Environment and Public Works Committee, handled transportation issues helping to pass the 2005 and 2012 highway bills. He rejoins the Inhofe team from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he was Director of Transportation and Infrastructure for Congressional and Public Affairs.
“I welcome Alex back to my team and look forward to the contributions and knowledge he brings,” Inhofe said. “In my 10 years of leadership of the EPW Committee I always embraced measures rooted in sound science, while preventing subjective views on human health and safety or short-sighted alarmism from advancing environmental laws that would be all economic pain and no environmental gain.
“In the 113th Congress, Alex will play an important role as I continue to work with my colleagues to fight government overreach on businesses and private land owners, reduce unnecessary red tape and delays in the sitting and permitting of new and existing sources of domestic energy generation, ensure timely and predictable environmental permitting processes for infrastructure projects, and aggressively fight measures that will result only in economic harm.
“Our nation has many infrastructure needs from highways to Corps and water projects, and I believe that Congress must be bold in reforming, and refocusing our limited resources to our nation’s greatest needs. I will continue to ensure that the physical platform of our economy is appropriately maintained, expanded and modernized to support the growth of exports, efficient movement of goods and people and the expansion of domestic energy production. I look forward to working with Chairman Boxer and Ranking Member Vitter to ensure that monumental reforms, environmental permit streamlining provisions and accountability measures that served as a hallmark of the recently passed MAP-21 are implemented by the Administration as the authors intended.”
Herrgott is originally from Phoenix and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from George Washington University. His studies include a graduate program at the London School of Economics
On returning to Inhofe’s staff, Herrgott said, “It was a difficult decision to leave the Chamber and all the individuals there I worked with because they are a talented group of people and an exceptional voice for the private sector, the spirit of entrepreneurship, and the concerns of businesses large and small. The experience I gained there will be beneficial as I return to legislative making process. The Chamber is a highly effective advocate for local chambers of commerce. Since many of those are located in Oklahoma, I look forward to continuing to work with them in my new capacity.
“Even though Senator Inhofe is transitioning away from the Ranking Member role on the EPW Committee, he plans to continue fighting the same issues from environmental laws to providing for the nation’s infrastructure needs. As his Legislative Director, I will rely on my eight years of experience at the Environment and Public Works Committee to help him continue his record of success in those battles as he works with the new Ranking Member, Senator David Vitter.”