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Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy

Kate MacGregor is serving as Secretary Zinke’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, a role she has been serving in since August 2018. She was previously a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management.

Kate MacGregor is an ally of the oil and gas industry. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, she became a registered lobbyist at Alcalde & Fay. MacGregor then became a congressional staffer. Since 2007, she has worked for Congresswoman Thelma Drake, Congressman Eric Cantor, and on the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, where she helped craft and implement a “legislative agenda” to “advance U.S. oil and gas development on federal lands.” MacGregor has repeatedly supported the oil and gas industry’s agenda, even praising legislation that would allow pipelines through national parks.

Sources: [Department of the Interior, Press Release, 04/06/17, Legistorm Bio for Kate MacGregor, accessed 07/07/17, Department of the Interior, FOIA Response, 06/07/17, Kate MacGregor, The Next Infrastructure Challenge: Conversation with Kate MacGregor and Brandon Mooney, YouTube, 05/14/15, 18:10, and Michael Doyle, “Zinke names new deputy chief of staff,” E&E News, 08/29/18]

Special Interests

Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (Resource Development on Public Lands)

MacGregor won an award at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation's August Recess Shoot-Out in 2013. CSF has received funding from industry interests including ExxonMobil, America's Natural Gas Alliance, Shell, and Peabody Energy.

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Oil and Gas Lobby (Resource Development on Public Lands)

While working for Congress, MacGregor crafted and implemented a legislative agenda to advance oil and gas development on federal lands.

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American Exploration and Production Council (Resource Development on Public Lands)

When she worked for Congress, MacGregor went on a $1,100 trip paid for by the American Exploration and Production Council, a trade association for oil and natural gas production companies, to tour drilling and fracking sites.

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Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (Resource Development on Public Lands)

When she worked for Congress, MacGregor went on a $3,747 congressional trip paid for by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, an oil pipeline transportation company, to visit Alaskan oil pump station sites.

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National Ocean Industries Association (Resource Development on Public Lands)

National Ocean Industries Association, an offshore industry group, has praised MacGregor for orchestrating a myriad of congressional hearings and drafted key legislation aimed at expanding access both onshore and offshore.

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Natural Gas Lobby (Resource Development on Public Lands)

While working for Congress, MacGregor coordinated with other congressional committees, state officials, industry executives, and associations on legislative efforts on hydraulic fracturing.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

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Kate MacGregor was a registered lobbyist in 2006, and lobbied the federal government on behalf of the City of Aztec, NM, Sandoval County, NM, and the Fairfax County, VA, Water Authority.

Kate MacGregor, in 2006, worked as a registered lobbyist at Alcalde & Fay. While at Alcalde & Fay she lobbied the federal government on behalf of the City of Aztec, NM, Sandoval County, NM, and the Fairfax County, VA, Water Authority.

[United States Senate Lobbying Disclosure Act Database search for Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/01/17 and Legistorm Bio for Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/20/17]

From 2011 to 2015, Kate MacGregor worked as a member of the Republican Legislative Staff on the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.

From 2011 to 2015, Kate MacGregor worked as a member of the Republican Legislative Staff on the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, where she “craft[ed] and implement[ed]” a “legislative agenda” to “advance U.S. oil and gas development on federal lands,” and coordinated with state officials and industry executives on “legislative efforts” on “Outer Continental Shelf energy development, hydraulic fracturing, greenhouse gas emissions, pipeline/infrastructure needs, [and] streamlining federal regulations.”

From 2011 to 2015, Kate MacGregor worked for Representative Doug Lamborn as a member of the Republican Legislative Staff on the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, and in April 2015 was promoted to Senior Professional Staff Member.

[Legistorm Bio for Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/20/17]

In her time working for the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, Kate MacGregor focused “on oil and gas issues and pipeline infrastructure issues on federal lands.” In particular, while working on the Subcommittee, MacGregor: “craft[ed] and implement[ed]” a “legislative agenda” to “advance U.S. oil and gas development on federal lands”; advised “Members of Congress and Congressional Staff on issues related to U.S. onshore and offshore energy policy and revenue streams related to exploration and production activities”; and coordinated with “other Congressional committees, state officials, industry executives, and associations” on “legislative efforts” on “Outer Continental Shelf energy development, hydraulic fracturing, greenhouse gas emissions, pipeline/infrastructure needs, [and] streamlining federal regulations.”

[Department of the Interior, FOIA Response, 06/07/17, and Kate MacGregor, The Next Infrastructure Challenge: Conversation with Kate MacGregor and Brandon Mooney, YouTube, 05/14/15, 01:20]

While Kate MacGregor worked on Capitol Hill, the oil and gas industry paid for her to take trips to visit oil and gas sites in Pennsylvania and Alaska.

She also won an award at a congressional reception sponsored by Alpha Natural Resources and ExxonMobil, that was hosted by BP America.

Kate MacGregor, in 2014, went on a $3,747 congressional trip paid for by Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. to visit Alaskan oil pump station sites in Anchorage, Deadhorse, Galbraith Lake, and Valdez.

[Legistorm bio for Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/20/17]

In 2016, Kate MacGregor went on a $1,100 congressional trip paid for by the American Exploration and Production Council, a trade association for oil and natural gas production companies, to tour drilling and fracking sites in Tunkhannock, PA.

[Legistorm bio for Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/20/17 and “American Exploration and Production Council,” Bloomberg, accessed 02/01/17]

Kate MacGregor, in 2013, attended and won an award at the Congressional Recess Shoot-Out, a congressional staff reception sponsored by Alpha Natural Resources and ExxonMobil, and hosted by BP America.

[“August Recess Shoot-Out Draws Hundreds to Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Event,” Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Press Release, 08/07/13]

Financials

Financial Disclosure

Department of the Interior salary: $131,767

[Katharine M.F. MacGregor, ProPublica’s Trump Town, accessed 03/15/18]

Other Information

Kate MacGregor has supported expanding oil and gas drilling.

The National Ocean Industries Association, an organization that lobbies for oil and gas companies and expanding offshore drilling, says MacGregor orchestrated a myriad of “congressional hearings and drafted key legislation aimed at expanding access both onshore and offshore.” MacGregor has also praised legislation that would allow oil pipelines to be built through National Park Service land.

According to the National Ocean Industries Association Kate MacGregor, while she worked on the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, orchestrated a myriad of “congressional hearings and drafted key legislation aimed at expanding access both onshore and offshore.”

[“Katharine Sinclair MacGregor,” National Ocean Industries Association, accessed 02/01/17]

In May 2015, Kate MacGregor said that she was “really excited about” the National Energy Security Corridors Act. She said the legislation would be a “new way to look ways we can streamline permitting on federal lands” and praised it for allowing pipelines to pass through national parks. This bill would allow the Interior Secretary “to negotiate rights of way for natural gas pipelines across National Park System lands and require the designation of at least 10 such corridors within two years.” Currently, it “takes an act of Congress every time a pipeline needs to cross federally-owned land.” This legislation would also “allow the Interior secretary to designate corridors without first completing the type of review required under the National Environmental Policy Act.”

[Kate MacGregor, The Next Infrastructure Challenge: Conversation with Kate MacGregor and Brandon Mooney, YouTube, 05/14/15, 18:10, Jasmin Melvin, “House panel moves pipeline rights-of-way bill ahead,” Platts Gas Daily, 06/12/15, Michael Martz, “Dominion says no ‘easy fixes’ remain to transport natural gas,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 09/19/15, and John Hamlin, “Four Oaks mayor testifies in Washington on natural gas bill,” The News & Observer, 06/01/15]

Kate MacGregor has consistently liked and made comments on Facebook in support of pro-oil and gas policies and in support of Republican politicians who are pro-oil and gas.

She has liked a post that claimed Obama-era coal regulations are “undermining US competitiveness and are not working to curb global emissions,” and one that claimed fracking “poses no ‘widespread, systemic’ harm to drinking water.”

In 2015 Kate MacGregor “liked” a post from Alaska Rep. Don Young criticizing the Obama administration for canceling offshore oil leases in Alaska’s Arctic waters. Representative Young said the administration’s actions had “scared off investment at the expense of the Alaskan people.”

[Facebook like by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17]

Kate MacGregor, in 2014, “liked” a Facebook post from the Congressional Western Caucus saying the national monument designation at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in New Mexico was part of President Obama’s “plans to continue to seize Western lands by misusing the Antiquities Act.” The post alleged that President Obama had plans to “seize 130-140 million acres of land (roughly the size of Colorado and Wyoming combined) in the West.”

[Facebook like by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17]

In 2015 Kate MacGregor “liked” a Facebook post from the Congressional Western Caucus saying that fracking “poses no ‘widespread, systemic’ harm to drinking water.”

[Facebook like by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17]

In 2014 Kate MacGregor “liked” a Facebook post from the Congressional Western Caucus criticizing Obama-era coal regulation. The post claimed that “regulations proposed by the administration are undermining US competitiveness and are not working to curb global emissions.”

[Facebook like by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17]

In 2014 Kate MacGregor “liked” a Facebook post from the Congressional Western Caucus that said the “shale energy revolution is bringing back American manufacturing jobs.”

[Facebook like by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17]

Kate MacGregor, in 2014, posted a photo of a pipeline to her Facebook page. In response to a question about what it meant, MacGregor commented, “it means more American soft power.” She also Tweeted the photo, saying it was a pump station on the Alyeska pipeline.

[Facebook post by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17 and Tweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17]

Kate MacGregor has extensively tweeted her support of the oil and gas industry.

She repeatedly retweets comments by Shell, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and ExxonMobil, and she has also tweeted criticism of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Obama-era regulations on oil and gas production on public lands.

Kate MacGregor has retweeted Chevron posts that promote Chevron’s pro-oil agenda at least eight times.

[Retweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17, Retweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17, Retweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17, Retweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17, Retweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17, Retweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17, Retweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17, and Retweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17]

Kate MacGregor retweeted an ExxonMobil tweet claiming the Trans Alaska Pipeline is “one of the greatest engineering feats of its time.” [Retweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17]

Kate MacGregor retweeted a post about oil production by ConocoPhillips.

[Retweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17]

Kate MacGregor retweeted a Shell Oil post that said offshore oil production in the Gulf of Mexico is “integral to [the] US economy.”

[Retweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17]

Kate MacGregor retweeted an op-ed from the Oil and Gas Journal that claimed the Obama administration’s methane rule would “‘cripple stripper and marginal well owners and operators.'”

[Retweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17]

Kate MacGregor retweeted an article comparing the Land and Water Conservation Fund to the sinking of the Titanic. The article claimed Rob Bishop’s Protecting America’s Recreation and Conservation (PARC) Act would restore the “true intent of the law and promises a new era of unprecedented opportunity.”

[Retweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17 and “LWCF: As Told by the Titanic,” U.S. Committee on House Natural Resources, accessed 02/20/17]

Kate MacGregor tweeted her support for lifting the crude oil export ban, claiming it would “be a boon to the U.S. economy” and “result in increased U.S. production.”

[Tweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17 and Tweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17]

Kate MacGregor shared a tweet linking to an article about then-ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson “mock(ing) renewable energy in [a] shareholder speech.” The tweet links to a Politico article covering Rex Tillerson’s disparaging remarks about climate change and renewable energy.

[Tweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17 and Adam Lerner, “ExxonMobil CEO mocks renewable energy in shareholder speech,” Politico, 05/27/15]

Kate MacGregor retweeted an Institute for Energy Research tweet claiming that “‘coal is good for humanity.'”

[Retweet by Kate MacGregor, accessed 02/24/17]