Elizabeth Leoty Craddock

Professional Biography

Liz Craddock is special counsel and a member of the government relations team.

Drawing on her two decades of legislative and private sector experience — including her service as the first female staff director of the US Senate Energy and National Resources Committee and as vice president of government and industry affairs for an international oil and gas industry association — Liz helps corporations, industry organizations, trade groups, and nonprofit entities work with elected and appointed officials to develop, negotiate, and pass legislation critical to the success of the US economy. Her areas of focus include energy, environment, natural resources, agriculture, climate change, and trade policy, as well as social justice ethics, sanctions, and governance issues.

Known for her bipartisanship, strategic thinking, and ability to manage the practical aspects of the legislative process, Liz has facilitated the enactment of hundreds of legislative bills. Among her many accomplishments, she helped secure the bicameral passage of a package of 80+ public lands bills that had been blocked by more than three Congresses and were successfully included as part of the National Defense Reauthorization Act of 2014. As legislative director and counsel to US Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., she played a key role in the passage of the bipartisan Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast (RESTORE) Act and, previously, the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA). These and other pieces of high-profile, high-impact legislation have directed billions of dollars to projects in Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states.

Liz understands the complex and often competing political and business priorities of legislators, corporate leaders, and other stakeholders, and helps her clients keep the long game in view while managing the tactical steps necessary to achieve success. Throughout her career, Liz has interacted directly with Democratic and Republican Senate and House leadership, members of the Cabinet of the United States, White House officials and staff at every level, and senior executives from major national and international companies and trade groups. She understands the role and value of collaboration and compromise as the primary levers of policy and economic progress.

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