Senior Representative, State Government Affairs

12 Jul, 2022


Senior Representative, State Government Affairs

Cheniere Energy
Houston, TX

Job Description

At Cheniere, we provide clean, secure and affordable energy to the world — energy that can reduce carbon emissions, help lead to cleaner air, and light homes and power factories — all manufactured and transported by modern energy infrastructure run by a world-class workforce.

The energy we make is Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). We began operations in 2016, and we’re already the largest producer of LNG in the United States and the second largest LNG operator in the world. Our LNG has reached dozens of markets on five continents, and the demand for our fuel is expected to grow as countries around the world seek cleaner ways to power their economies.


At Cheniere, we provide the world with safe, reliable energy. But more than that, we provide opportunities for our talented employees to impact their communities every day. Our diversity is key to our continued success and forges a path where our culture supports greater equity and inclusion—for our employees, customers and beyond.



The Senior State Government Affairs Representative for Cheniere in Texas will report to the VP for State Government and Community Affairs and will help develop and lead the company’s strategy for engaging with statewide leadership, legislators, regulators and other stakeholders across the state. S/he will work closely with internal stakeholders across the company to assess potential threats and opportunities to Cheniere’s short and long-term operations and develop proactive government and public affairs strategies to positively influence state policy. As part of the State Government and Community Affairs Team, this candidate will also support local stakeholder engagement and social investment efforts in the communities where Cheniere operates.



  • Prior experience or demonstrated interest in navigating the legislative and political processes.
  • Knowledge of the business and political dynamics of the energy industry preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the external and internal dynamics impacting state politics and policymakers preferred.
  • Ability to travel (~35%) and attend evening and weekend engagements as needed.



  • Build strong and strategic relationships with key policymakers and other stakeholders to enhance Cheniere’s role assisting in shaping public policy initiatives at the state and local levels.
  • Serves as one of the company’s primary representatives in Austin, TX – regularly meeting with officials and staff and representing Cheniere at trade association meetings/events.
  • Lead internal efforts to research, analyze, and advise Cheniere leadership regarding key political, regulatory, and legislative risks and impacts; draft internal communications assessing the implications to Cheniere’s business.
  • Develop legislative and regulatory strategies and action plans based on knowledge of legislative and regulatory policies and procedures, as well as an understanding of the drivers that affect Cheniere’s business and the current legislative/regulatory climate.
  • Proactively solicit and include input from internal stakeholders to develop and articulate the company’s positions on key policy matters.
  • Work with external lobbyists, trade associations and coalitions to effectively position Cheniere to advocate for policy changes that affect the company and/or LNG industry.
  • Lead efforts to develop and deliver briefing materials to senior leaders and other colleagues ahead of engagement activities.
  • Support ongoing engagement initiatives with public entities and industry stakeholders in states and communities where Cheniere operates or has business interests.
  • Coordinate the company’s external resources in Texas, including management of contract lobbyists and Cheniere’s engagement in state trade associations and coalitions.
  • Represent Cheniere before state and local policymakers, industry associations, and other stakeholder audiences, providing presentations as needed.
  • Participate in cross-departmental efforts to support Cheniere’s employee-funded Political Action Committee (PAC) and corporate contribution activities.
  • Provide support for local stakeholder engagement and social investment efforts in the communities where Cheniere operates.
  • Support the Vice President of State Government and Community Affairs on broader public affairs activities at the state and local levels as required.
  • The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list and additional tasks may be assigned to the employee from time to time; or the scope of the job may change as necessitated by business demands.



  • Education and Certifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Communications, or a related field, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Experience:
    • Five (5) to seven (7) or more years of experience in government and public affairs, including experience in a legislative, agency or corporate environment
    • For internal candidates: combination of education and work history at Cheniere has the potential to satisfy experience requirement
  • Skills:
    • Strong writing, presentation, and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong expertise using Microsoft Office to develop documents, manipulate spreadsheets and charts, and develop dynamic PowerPoint presentations.
    • Proven track record of developing and nurturing relationships, influencing stakeholders and/or decision-makers, and communicating across an organization.
    • Ability to clearly articulate positions, impacts and outlooks in layperson’s terms to non-experts at all levels.
    • Has the vision to see possibilities, anticipate problems and stay in front of evolving circumstances. Thinks on his/her feet, with a proven capability to be resourceful and solutions-oriented with a sense of urgency.
    • Ability to be a quick study and take initiative to research and learn about new issues and trends within the industry, company, and government/politics.
    • Self-motivated to independently manage time, prioritize work effectively and seek development opportunities.
    • Consistently exercises independent sound judgment and discretion.






Ability to multi-task and function in a highly dynamic atmosphere; must exercise discretion independently within Cheniere’s values.



  • Role is based in Houston, TX and is not a remote position
  • Job is performed in a typical office environment, but is subject to time pressures and constraints, and is often dependent on input from others.
  • Travel anticipated up to 35%
  • Work may often be performed after normal work hours and on weekends.
  • Subject to drug and alcohol testing, per applicable federal regulations or as required by Cheniere.



Reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that the essential functions of the job can be performed and not hinder the employee’s performance due to physical, mental or emotional disability.



Cheniere Energy is an equal opportunity workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected categories. This includes providing reasonable accommodation if requested for disabilities or religious beliefs and practices.

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Job posted: 2022-07-12