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Alternate Member, Mineral/Energy Stakeholder, Royalty Policy Committee

Kevin Simpson is an alternate member of the Department of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, and as a member of this committee advises Secretary Zinke “on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.”

Alaska native Kevin Simpson holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Gonzaga University and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Simpson worked in Washington D.C., first as an energy advisor to Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and then as Senior Republican Counsel on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where he worked for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) on oil and gas issues. Since 2012, Simpson has worked for Shell Oil Company “on gas monetization projects.”

Sources: [Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17, “CEPI 2011,” Bertelsmann Foundation, accessed 12/06/17, LinkedIn Profile for Kevin Simpson, accessed 12/06/17, and John McArdle, “Lawyer set to return to Hill as Murkowski’s committee counsel,” Energy & Environment, 10/19/12]

 

Special Interests

Shell Oil Company (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Simpson works for Shell Oil, the second-largest oil and gas company in the world.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Shell Oil

Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

United States Senate, Senator Ted Stevens

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

In 2012, both Exxon Mobil and Shell Oil paid to fly Kevin Simpson to Houston for job interviews.

In April 2012, Exxon Mobil paid to fly Kevin Simpson to Houston for a job interview. [Kevin Simpson, United States Senate Financial Disclosure Report for Annual and Termination Reports, 11/01/12]

In June 2012, Shell Oil Corp. flew Kevin Simpson to Houston for a job interview. [Kevin Simpson, United States Senate Financial Disclosure Report for Annual and Termination Reports, 11/01/12]

In November 2012, Kevin Simpson left public service to work for Shell Oil Company for a salary between $250,000 and $100,001 a year, plus a “signing bonus” worth between $100,000 and $50,001. Shell Oil is “the second-largest oil and gas company” in the world.

In November 2012, Kevin Simpson announced he was leaving his position on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to work for Shell Oil as “a senior adviser on gas monetization projects” in New Orleans. Simpson agreed to an annual salary somewhere between $100,001 and $250,000 dollars, as well as a “signing bonus” worth between $50,001 and $100,000. [Kevin Simpson, United States Senate Financial Disclosure Report for Annual and Termination Reports, 11/01/12 and John McArdle, “Lawyer set to return to Hill as Murkowski’s committee counsel,” Energy & Environment, 10/19/12]

Shell Oil “is the second-largest oil and gas company” in the world. [Lauren Gensler, “The World’s Largest Oil And Gas Companies 2017: Exxon Reigns Supreme, While Chevron Slips,” Forbes, 05/24/17]

In 2011, Kevin Simpson took a $2,400 trip sponsored by the Bertelsmann Foundation to Brussels, Belgium, to meet with European “industry representatives in the field of energy.”

In May 2011, Kevin Simpson took a $2,397.41 trip to Brussels, Belgium, to meet with “European officials, academics and industry representatives in the field of energy.” The trip was sponsored by the Bertelsmann Foundation. [“Kevin C. Simpson, Congressional Staffer – Privately Financed Travel,” Legistorm, accessed 09/27/17]

Kevin Simpson has raked in more than half million dollars in taxpayer money for his work in Washington D.C.

From 2006 to 2012, Kevin Simpson raked in $504,167.71 in taxpayer money in salary for his work for former Senator Ted Stevens, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and Senator Lisa Murkowski’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. [“Kevin C. Simpson, Congressional Staffer – Salary Data,” Legistorm, accessed 09/27/17]

 

Political Connections

Kevin Simpson has contributed over $7,000 to conservative candidates and causes around the country, including Mitt Romney, Sean Parnell, Marco Rubio, Garret Graves, and the Alaska Republican Party.

Since 2012, Kevin Simpson has contributed over $7,000 to conservative candidates and causes around the country, including Mitt Romney, Sean Parnell, Marco Rubio, Garret Graves, the Shell Oil Employees PAC, and the Alaska Republican Party. [Search for Kevin Simpson, CQ Political Moneyline, accessed 09/27/17 and Search for Kevin Simpson, National Institute on Money in State Politics, accessed 09/27/17]

Kevin Simpson worked on oil and natural gas issues for Senator Lisa Murkowski for years, and in 2015, contributed $2,500 to her reelection campaign.

Kevin Simpson worked on oil and natural gas issues for Senator Lisa Murkowski for nearly four years, from 2009 to 2012. After moving on to work for Shell Oil, Simpson contributed $2,500 to Lisa Murkowski’s reelection campaign in 2015. [LinkedIn Profile for Kevin Simpson, accessed 12/06/17, and Search for Kevin Simpson, CQ Political Moneyline, accessed 12/06/17]

 

Current Activity

  • Potential Conflict of Interest:

Kevin Simpson works for Shell Oil as “a senior adviser on gas monetization projects” in New Orleans. As an alternate member of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, Simpson will be advising Zinke “on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.” Holding these two positions simultaneously could be a potential conflict of interest. [John McArdle, “Lawyer set to return to Hill as Murkowski’s committee counsel,” Energy & Environment News, 10/19/12 and Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17]