President Donald Trump nominated Frank R. Fannon to be Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources.

A partner at the Coefficient Group in Washington, D.C. since November 2017, Fannon previously served as head of corporate affairs at BHP Billiton and senior director of Murphy Oil Corporation.

From 2003-2007, he served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, where he assisted in the drafting, negotiation, and ultimate passage of the seminal Energy Policy Act of 2005. In 2005, he co-wrote a paper, titled “Energy and the Environment: The Future of Natural Gas in America,” with Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., which pointed out how conflicting federal policies were causing shortages of natural gas supplies.

Prior to his committee work, Fannon served as senior legislative assistant in the Office of U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici. Before joining the Senate, he worked as an attorney in Washington D.C.

Fannon earned a B.A. from Radford University, a M.A. from the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, and a J.D. from Sturm College of Law, University of Denver.