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Lance West

Lance West

Lance West

Lance West serves as API’s Vice President for Federal Government Relations, leading strategy for federal legislative and regulatory outreach in Washington, D.C. and managing API’s federal advocacy team.

Prior to joining API, Lance served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia. As Senator Manchin’s Chief of Staff, Lance advised the Senator through the longest 50-50 Senate in U.S. history and helped direct an ambitious legislative agenda, including the Great American Outdoors Act, the American Rescue Plan, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

Lance’s ability to develop innovative strategies that communicate and execute commonsense solutions to complex problems have enabled him to navigate the complex landscape of global politics. Before his role as Chief of Staff, Lance served as acting Staff Director and Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Prior to Capitol Hill, Lance served as Director of Federal Government Relations at the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).

Lance received his Bachelor's degree in International Business from Marshall University.


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