Chris Zeigler, former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, has been named the Ohio Petroleum Council’s new executive director.
Zeigler will succeed Terry Fleming, who abruptly resigned in December after leading the organization for more than 25 years.
The OPC is the state’s chapter of the American Petroleum Institute, a trade group representing more than 500 companies throughout the country. The organization conducts extensive lobbying efforts in statehouses across the country as well as Washington, D.C.
Zeigler will bring more than 20 years of experience in bringing together diverse groups of government, civic and business stakeholders to lead OPC’s advocacy efforts and serve as its principal spokesman.
In addition to serving as Tiberi’s chief of staff since 2001, Zeigler has worked for several Ohio legislators, including former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University. He begins work with OPC on March 11.
“Zeigler joins the council at one of the most exciting times in Ohio’s energy history,” said Rolf Hanson, the API senior director of state relations.
“Zeigler will be focused on fostering smart regulations and fiscal policies to sustain the economic prosperity that shale-energy development offers hard-working Ohio families.”