With nearly 20 years of policy and political experience in Washington DC and across multiple state capitals and their governor's offices, Lem Smith has demonstrated success in achieving victories within complex legislative, regulatory and enforcement arenas. Lem leverages his tenure on Capitol Hill and in the upstream energy industry to provide strategic counsel and policy-development, creative coalition-building and lobbying to a wide variety of energy and non-energy clients. Lem advises corporate and public sector clients with local, state and federal policy issues, including public and campaign affairs as well as crisis management.
Prior to joining the firm, Lem was Director, US Government and Regulatory Affairs at Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., the US subsidiary of the Calgary-based Encana Corporation. In that role he directed all aspects of the company's US government relations and regulatory policy matters at the local, state and federal levels. In 2010, Lem played a key role in negotiation of Colorado House Bill 1365, "The Clean Air – Clean Jobs Act"; in 2013, he negotiated successful resolution to the EPA's "Draft Investigation of Ground Water Contamination Near Pavillion, Wyoming" with the state, EPA HQ and EPA Region 8. The last few years in Washington DC found Lem heavily involved in building state and federal strategies within the successful coalition to repeal the 1970's-era crude oil export ban.
He previously served as Kerr-McGee’s Director, Federal Relations in Washington DC, where he was involved in advising executives upon the contentious Deep Water Royalty Relief Act (DWRRA) price-thresholds suit, and later as Director, Government Relations in Denver and Washington DC, for Kerr-McGee, and upon Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s acquisition of Kerr-McGee, became the combined entity's Manager of Government Relations for the Southern Rockies in Denver.
Lem began his career on Capitol Hill, serving first as staff assistant to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) and then as legislative assistant to then-Congressman, now Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS). He later joined Congressman Charlie Norwood's (R-GA) staff, first as senior legislative assistant and later as legislative director where he served as the principal liaison to the House Energy and Commerce Committee handling energy, environment, telecommunications and oversight for Dr. Norwood and successfully negotiated a number of key energy provisions within the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), including native-load electricity protections, FERC Standard Market Design (SMD) prohibition and the BLM permit-processing improvement fund.
In 2008, Lem served as co-chair of the successful US$15 million statewide campaign and Issue Committee "Coloradoans for a Stable Economy", created in opposition to Colorado Amendment #58 that would have altered the state's long-time oil and gas tax policy by repealing the ad valorem credit resulting in a US$331 million tax increase upon upstream producers. In 2010, Lem was appointed by Democratic Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to his Natural Resources Transition Team and by Republican Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant to his Energy Transition Team in 2012. In 2014, he was appointed to serve as a delegate on Colorado Governor Hickenlooper's Oil and Gas Task Force on Local Control.