Elizabeth Ames Coleman

The Honorable
Elizabeth Ames Coleman

Elizabeth Ames Coleman consults with clients in the federal and state energy regulatory arenas and provides strategic planning to companies navigating the intersection of their corporate planning with regulatory and political energy policy.

Further, Elizabeth helps clients prioritize and communicate their goals as they seek to build relationships within the industry and within in the government policy making arena.

Elizabeth has deep roots in the oil patch and is the fourth generation of a family that has earned recognition for its participation in exploration, drilling and oil field development, and producing and refining since the trek of oil finders moved across Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico over the last 100 years. She is a recognized political leader in energy in Texas having held elective office in both the legislative and energy regulatory arenas.

Elizabeth joins the firm from her position as Senior Policy Advisor with Squire Patton Boggs, LLC, a Washington, D.C. based international law and lobby firm. From 2013-2015, she assisted the firm’s energy-related clients in collaboration with the firm’s legal teams in Washington DC, Dallas, and the Middle East. 

Elizabeth served from 2005 to 2012 as one of three state-wide elected commissioners on the prestigious Texas Railroad Commission, the oldest oil and gas oversight agency in the world.   

She was only the second woman elected by the people of Texas to her position in the then 114 year history of the rulemaking body. For over one hundred years, the Texas Railroad Commission has regulated all oil and gas drilling operations and production, onshore and in state waters to nine nautical miles offshore. The agency also oversees coal mining and reclamation, uranium, intrastate pipeline permitting and safety, and investor-owned natural gas utilities operating in the State of Texas.

As a two-time Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, her responsibilities included overseeing organizational and budgetary planning of the ~$100MM budget of the energy regulatory agency, district offices and allocation of resources while ensuring implementation of jurisdictional state rules and environmental regulations.  Elizabeth adjudicated the appeals of protested cases between parties subject to Texas Railroad Commission regulatory authority brought through the Texas Administrative Procedures Act; set rates and tariffs of investor owned natural gas utility companies; and successfully executed enforcement actions when necessary against proven violators of environmental and safety regulations in areas subject to the Texas Railroad Commission’s oil and gas oversight jurisdiction, including but not limited to salt water disposal wells and water recycling efforts. 

From 2001 to 2005, Elizabeth served in the Texas House of Representatives.  During her tenure as a State Representative, Elizabeth served as a member of the Texas House Appropriations Committee and as Chairman of Budget and Oversight for the House Energy Resources Committee where she influenced appropriations and policy affecting the energy industry.  

Elizabeth has led a variety of energy-related trade missions to Mexico and the Middle East.  In addition, her written energy commentary has been published in the Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostForbes OnlineAmerican Thinker, and business journals across Texas.  She has been a featured speaker on the Fox Business Network.

Elizabeth served on the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission, the National Association of State Regulatory Commissioners and the Southern States Energy Board.  She is well-versed in domestic and global energy issues including, but not limited to, compressed gas liquid (CGL) and LNG exports, domestic infrastructure challenges, and environmental and tax issues facing energy companies at the state and federal levels.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Elizabeth received a Bachelor Degree in 1978 from the School of Communications at the University of Texas at Austin.  She currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the McDonald Observatory, and is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, and the Texas Oil and Gas Association.  Elizabeth is a former member of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees for Bat Conservation International; a former Board Member of the San Antonio Library Foundation; and a former Trustee for the Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children.

Elizabeth has testified to Congress on a myriad of issues related to energy production and policy.

She is recognized as an informed speaker on the effects of energy policy on the energy markets in America. Her invited testimony includes, but is not limited to, the following occasions:

  • February 2014 – Participant in the Libyan National Energy Reform Conference, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • May 2014 – Panelist in the 2nd BN Americas Mexican Energy Summit, Mexico City, Mexico. Contrast and compare U.S. Federal and State Energy Regulation, pros and cons. 
  • October 2013 – Co-Leader of the West Virginia – Qatar Energy Forum, Doha, Qatar.
  • September 2012 – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Enforcement and Regulation (BOEME) Public Forum on Offshore Drilling, Houston, Texas. Discussed proper oversight processes and federal agency jurisdiction to ensure enhanced recovery of hydrocarbons in the outer continental shelf.
  • February 13, 2012 – Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives, Field Hearing, Corpus Christi, Texas. Testified on the positive effects of state energy regulatory policy and the appropriate regulation of industry to allow companies to create jobs and prosperity in Texas.
  • June 2, 2011 – Energy Secretary Stephen Chu Advisory Board, Department of Energy, Washington D.C., Natural Gas Subcommittee. Testified to the success of the Texas state regulatory experience of hydraulic fracturing, water recycling and disposal, and the benefits of a strong domestic energy industry.   
  • May 11, 2011 – Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., Full Committee oversight hearing:“Review of Hydraulic Fracturing Technology and Practices”Testified on common sense state environmental policy and regulatory oversight to encourage responsible upstream operations, and the proven safety of hydraulic fracturing and water reuse technology. 
  • March 16, 2011 – Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., Full Committee oversight hearing: “The Obama Administration’s De Facto Moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico, Community and Economic Impacts”Testified on the destruction of jobs due to the drilling moratorium, and on appropriate public policy to ensure responsible recovery of hydrocarbons in the deep water.